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Sunset Motors Jeep Answers Your Questions About Vehicle Service

While vehicle service may seem like an intimidating process to some, at Sunset Motors Jeep we strive to make it as transparent and painless as possible so you always know what to expect. With factory-trained technicians, genuine parts, and a customer-focused culture, we aim to ensure that all of your service needs are met and that you always leave satisfied that we've done our jobs well. That starts with answering some of the questions we hear most frequently all in one place, so you can find the answers you're looking for.


Why Should I Change My Oil So Often?

While your engine is running, metal parts are moving past each other thousands of times per minute. Without engine oil, this process would result in a tremendous amount of damaging friction and extreme heat that would very quickly break or melt those components. However, over time your oil becomes dirty and heat breaks it down, and both of these things reduce motor oil's ability to properly lubricate your engine. Having your oil and filter changed at regular intervals ensures that your engine stays protected so you can drive with confidence.

I Can Ignore My Brakes Squealing For a While, Right?

Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on any vehicle, and properly maintaining that system is of utmost importance. Any noise, vibration, or unusual performance from your brakes should be taken seriously, and you should schedule an appointment to have them inspected immediately. As brake pads wear, a small pin rubs against the rotor and produces that familiar squeal we are all familiar with. At this point your pads are worn to a point where you'll have just enough time to make an appointment to have them changed. The next sound after the squeal is the grinding of metal on metal as your pads have worn to the metal backing plate. At this point you are damaging your rotors and driving up the cost of your brake maintenance.

Do I Need to Change My Air Filter?

The short answer is yes. Your air filter should be changed according to your owner's manual, however if you frequently drive in dusty areas such as construction sites or off-road trails, more frequent changes may be a good idea. Your air filter is designed to keep dirt and other foreign material out of your engine while also regulating the fuel and air mixture that creates the combustion to propel you along. When your air filter becomes too dirty, the proper amount of air is unable to reach your engine's combustion chamber resulting in power loss, poor fuel economy, and hesitation under acceleration.

I Always Drive Slowly and Avoid Potholes, Do I Need to Worry About an Alignment?

While the amount of time you drive between alignments can vary, it is always a good idea to have your alignment checked every time you replace your tires. Even gentle driving can, over time, affect your vehicle's alignment, and a misaligned suspension can lead to a host of other issues if left unchecked. Uneven tire wear, unpredictable handling, unstable braking, vibrations, and a harsh ride can all result from driving a vehicle that is out of alignment, and that is just the beginning. Extreme vibrations can cause problems with steering components, brake calipers, and wheel bearings, all of which are much more costly than simply having your vehicle aligned properly.



Why is My Windshield So Streaky?

While you may not think about it often, your windshield wipers are one of the most exposed components of your vehicle. That thin rubber strip bakes in the sun and is tasked with wiping dust and dirt off your windshield even when it's not raining. Over time your wipers will lose their perfect edge, and streaks will become the norm. Not only is this annoying, but it can even be dangerous, especially when driving into the sun with a streaky windshield severely reduces visibility. Have your windshield wipers replaced periodically to help keep your windshield clean and streak-free.

Visit Our Dealership Today!

If you think it might be time for your vehicle to be checked out, bring it to our dealership for an inspection today! We'll help you get back to the performance you remember and keep your car running smoothly for years to come.