Dave’s American Discount Muffler is a local auto mechanic shop in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We specialize in repairs, maintenance, tires, electrical, exhaust, and so much more! We know that trusting someone with your vehicle can be hard, especially with the dishonest reputation that mechanics have been given. With Daves, you can trust you’re getting high quality and honest work no matter what! Questions? See if we can answer them below and then give us a call for more information and to schedule an appointment!
How do I know I’m not getting tricked into a service I don’t need?
We hate that this is even a question that has to get asked when simply trying to repair your car. At Dave’s, you can trust you’re getting only honestly from start to finish.
How long have you been in business?
Dave’s has proudly been serving Kenosha and the surrounding areas since 1989!
What services do you provide?
All of them! Well all of the services you’ll need to keep your car running smoothly! We specialize in repairs, routine maintenance, preventative care, tires, electrical, A/C, and so much more.
How often do I need an oil change?
Contrary to popular belief, oil change intervals aren’t one size fits all. There are a few factors that go into how often you get your oil changed: age of vehicle, type of oil, and the condition of the car. If you drive an older car, use a cheaper oil, or there are underlying issues with your car like a bad head gasket your oil will need to be changed more frequently. Your oil should be changed around every 3000 for conventional oil and between 5000-7000 for full synthetic. Even with low mileage, it is recommended to get your oil changed every 6-12 months to prevent the oil from going bad.
My brakes are squeaking when I stop, what does that mean?
There are a couple reasons for squeaky brakes. If your vehicle has been sitting for an extended period of time there may be a slight build up of surface rust that will wear off as you drive. Brake with caution for the first few miles until they loosen. Brakes are also designed to squeak when they are getting low and need to be replaced. If the squeak continues, get your brakes inspected as soon as possible.
Why do I need my tires rotated?
Rotating your tires is recommended every time you get an oil change. This helps your tires wear evenly. Without routine rotations your front tires will wear faster than your rear from the weight of the engine.
How do I know how much air to put in my tires?
Tire pressure is measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch. To find out what PSI your vehicle manufacturer recommends, look at the sticker on the inside of the driver door or on the wall of your tires!
Does synthetic oil really make a big difference?
Yes! Synthetic oil is especially beneficial for those who live somewhere with varying temperatures like Wisconsin. Synthetic also doesn’t break down as quickly so you can go longer between oil changes. Your engine will also run healthier with full synthetic oil.
Why do I need my timing belt replaced regularly?
If you fail to replace your timing belt in time it could break causing major engine damage.
What does a fuel filter do and how often should it be replaced?
A fuel filter is responsible for removing any debris from the fuel before it reaches the fuel injection system. Your fuel filter should be replaced every 20-30,000 miles to keep your engine running smoothly.
What preventative maintenance do I need to perform on my car?
To keep your car running smoothly for many years to come it is recommended to stay up to date on oil changes, timing belts, fluid flushes, filter changes, spark plugs, inspection, an all over tune up, and even windshield wipers!
I know how to check my oil… but what am I looking for?
When checking your oil you’re looking at two things: the amount of oil and the appearance of the oil. If you suspect you may have an oil leak keep an eye on the level of the oil on the dipstick. If your oil looks milky, thick, grainy, or chunky it is time to get an oil change. Your oil should be smooth, glossy, and transparent. If it looks milky there may be a blown head gasket which causes antifreeze to enter the oil. Get your car in as soon as possible if you notice any issues with your oil.
What are spark plugs and when should I replace them?
The spark plugs are responsible for the sparks that ignite the fuel and make the engine produce power! You should change your spark plugs every 30,000 miles or 30 months, though some can go longer.
There is so much to maintaining a car, what do I do and when?!
We get it! There are so many things to know about owning and maintaining a car, but don’t worry! We have your back! Here are some common services and when you should get them done!
- Oil Change: Varies by car, but roughly every 3000-7000 miles or every 6 months.
- Spark Plugs/Tune Up: Every 30,000-100,000 miles (If you’re unsure if you need spark plugs, just ask! We’ve got you covered!)
- Tire Rotation: For convenience, get it done with your oil change!
- Brake, Clutch, Fuel Filter, and Cabin Filter: Flush and replace every year
- Coolant, Engine Oil, Power Steering, and Transmission Fluid: Flush every year
- Replace Hoses and Belts: Every 4 years
- Throttle Body: Every 2 years
- Whole Car Inspection: Every year
Taking care of your car may seem like a lot, but our team will help you with whatever you need!
How do I keep my car running smoothly during winter?
Wisconsin winters can be brutal on your car. Here are some ways to protect your car from winter damage:
- Keep it clean. Salt can be extremely hard on your paint and undercarriage.
- Replace your tires if they’ve got low tread. Snow tires are a great option for icy months if you’d rather keep a lower profile during the rest of the year!
- Check your oil and change it if it’s time.
- Test your battery. The last thing you want is to be stranded at the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving because your battery died from the cold.
- Check your heat and defrosters as frosted windows can be dangerous.
- Change your wiper blades. Replace with winter blade to protect against freezing
- Have your brakes inspected.
Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at Dave’s American Discount Muffler!
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