Category Archives: Understanding Your Car

Man holding a tire by a car

When Should I Rotate the Tires on My Vehicle?

How Often You Should Get a Tire Rotation

Do you know when you got your tires rotated last? In general, drivers should expect to get a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, do you know why tire rotations are so important? Here at U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore the importance of tire rotations and what may happen if you don’t rotate your tires often enough.

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Driver with their hands on the steering wheel

How Often Should I Drive My Car?

Maintaining Your Vehicle While Staying at Home

Over the past several months, drivers that typically explore the roads have ben finding themselves at home more frequently. Although you may not be driving as much as you’ve used to, it’s still important to keep tabs on the health of your vehicle. Like people, it’s unhealthy to stay in one place for too long. So, how often should you drive your car? It’s recommended that you drive your vehicle at least once every two weeks for at least 15 minutes each time. Below, we will detail a few common problems drivers may encounter if they don’t drive their vehicle enough.

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Mechanic holding a new air filter

When Should I Replace the Air Filter in My Car?

How Often Should an Air Filter Be Changed in a Vehicle?

Occasionally, drivers will need to replace the air filter in their car. Air filters are helpful for preventing environmental debris like dirt, sand, and dust from reaching your engine. Over time, the air filter will collect too much debris and cause your vehicle’s performance to be negatively impacted if it isn’t replaced. Experts recommend that drivers should replace the air filter in their vehicle once every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. If you aren’t sure when you changed your air filter last, here are some symptoms to watch for.

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Cars parked in a parking lot

What are the Differences Between FWD and RWD?

Front-Wheel Drive vs Rear-Wheel Drive Comparison

When shopping for a vehicle, you’ll have a few different drivetrain options to choose from. Two drivetrains you will likely encounter are front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD). What are the differences between FWD and RWD? Which one should I choose? At U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore the advantages of each drivetrain so you can feel confident in your choice.

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Mechanic changing the oil of a car

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

When You Should Change Your Oil in Your Vehicle

Ever wondered why cars need oil changes? Fresh oil helps lubricate the engine to prevent it from damaging itself while the vehicle is running. Eventually, this oil will begin to break down and collect debris. When this happens, the old oil will not be able to lubricate as well as it should and will need to be replaced with new oil. To help ensure that your engine stays healthy, drivers will need to get oil changes completed on a regular basis. See how often you should get an oil change based on your oil type below!

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Driver with their hand on the gear shift inside a car

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission?

How Does a CVT Work?

If you have shopped for a vehicle recently, you would have found different transmission options. Automatic transmissions are most common with manual transmissions a close second. However, you may have noticed that a third transmission type is available: the CVT. The CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission, is a transmission that has been around for decades but has recently been making a comeback with modern versions being offered in recent models. At U.S. Auto Sales, we will help you determine if a CVT is right for you by detailing how this transmission works and the benefits you can expect.

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Brake rotor on a car

How Often Should I Replace My Brakes?

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Wondering how often you should replace your brakes in your vehicle? Drivers should expect to replace their brakes on average every 50,000 miles. While this numbers varies depending on various conditions such as how often you drive in stop-and-go traffic or down hills, it’s important to note when you get your brakes replaced last. Of course, you may not remember when you got this service completed. Here, we will take a look at a few common signs of failing brakes, so you know what to watch and listen for.

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Happy woman taking a selfie out of the sunroof of a yellow car

How are Moonroofs Different from Sunroofs?

Differences Between a Sunroof and Moonroof

Shopping around for a vehicle that lets you get fresh air and sunlight into your cabin through the roof? Chances are, you’ve come across vehicles that offer a moonroof while others may offer a sunroof. How are moonroofs different from sunroofs, you may ask? Despite the similarities, these two features are actually quite different.

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Mechanic pouring oil into an engine

Differences Between Conventional Oil and Synthetic Oil

Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil Comparison

Whether you are getting an oil change or considering changing your oil type, you’ve likely heard about both conventional and synthetic oil. While both do well at lubing the engine, these two oil types are very different. Below, we will explore the differences between conventional oil and synthetic oil.

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Mechanic aligning the wheels on a red car

How Often Should I Get a Wheel Alignment?

How to Tell That Your Wheels are Out of Alignment

Do you know when the last time you got a wheel alignment was? To ensure that your car goes where you want it to, it’s important that you get your wheels aligned periodically. So, how often should you get a wheel alignment? It’s recommended that you get your wheels aligned every two or three years. However, driving on poorly maintained roads or hitting curbs and potholes could require realignment sooner. Unsure if your wheels are misaligned? Here’s how you can tell if your wheels are out of alignment.

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