DLR #2: Top Five Car Care Questions At Dallas Lease Returns, we have customers that ask us car questions all the time! The following are the top five most asked questions we receive:

Question #1: Can I switch from conventional oil to synthetic? What about synthetic to conventional? 

Yes, most of the time. Some drivers like to use conventional oil because it’s what they’re accustomed to and because it’s cheaper than synthetic (but doesn’t last as long). Other drivers lean toward synthetic because it burns cleaner, lasts longer, and even improves performance. You can choose whichever you oil you want, as long as your car doesn’t call for a specific type of motor oil. Some cars HAVE to use synthetic oil, and using conventional could damage them, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual before making a decision.

Question #2: Should I pay more attention to my owner’s manual, my technician, or my instrument panel when it comes to routine car service? 

You should always pay the most attention to your instrument panel in your car. The warning lights illuminate for a reason, after all. Next, listen to your car technician. When they’re working on your car, a technician should do a multi-point inspection to look for any other issues and can advise you as to which services you need and when. Finally, use your owner’s manual as a backup reference for a car care schedule.

Question #3: Are winter tires really necessary? 

Not all the time, but sometimes, yes. If you’re a resident in Texas, chances are your all-weather tires will suit you just fine throughout the winter. If you live in a colder climate that sees heavy snow, extreme cold, and lots of ice, then you need to schedule a car care appointment to change out your tires. Winter tires are better suited to extreme cold and are more pliable in these conditions, giving them better traction.

Question #4: Do I have to replace my timing belt? 

Yes, this is very important. There’s no getting around it, at Dallas Lease Returns, we know that it’s expensive, but your timing belt is very necessary. Your timing belt ensures that everything is running smoothly under the hood, and if it gives out, you could face a whole host of other issues. Additionally, did you know that if it breaks while the car is in motion, it can damage other parts of your engine? This could cost you heavily.

Question #5: Will using premium gasoline improve my fuel efficiency? 

No, this is a common myth. Using premium gasoline won’t improve any aspect of your car’s performance. In fact, you only need it if your car specifically calls for it. Save yourself some money at the pump and stick to unleaded gasoline!

Have any more questions that we didn’t answer? Ask us in the comments below!

If you’re having issues with your current vehicle and looking to upgrade, Dallas Lease Returns can also help with that! We have a wide variety of makes and models, and will be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle! To browse our inventory, click here!