Auto Repair FAQs


Regular maintenance is vital to the durability and health of your vehicle. While individuals in Devon, Malvern, and Conshohocken can always count on the knowledgeable mechanics at Audi Devon to repair their cars, there's plenty you're able to do right from home. 

DIY car repairs may seem challenging, but with the right tools and information, many of the tasks can be completed easily. Before you grab that rusted toolbox from your garage, have a look at some of the common vehicle repairs you can do at home.

How often should I change my oil?

The answer to "how often should I change my oil" depends on how many miles you're traveling in your car or truck every month along with your driving habits. However, most car experts agree that you'll want to change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months.

How do I check my transmission fluid?

Checking the transmission level is as simple as checking your oil level. Before you start, make sure you grab a rag or paper towel.

  1. Make sure your engine is on with the emergency braking system activated and the car in park.
  2. Then, pop open the hood and locate the transmission's dipstick.
  3. Retract the dipstick.
  4. Wipe it down with rag or a paper towel.
  5. Then, dip it right back in and out.
  6. Based on this reading, you'll know if you need to add more transmission fluid.

Consult your owner's manual for the location of your transmission's dipstick and how to properly analyze the fluid level indicators.

How do I sync Bluetooth® in my car?

You'll be able to sync Bluetooth® in your car or truck in no time at all thanks to how seamless this feature is.

  1. Initiate the pairing procedure on your car's stereo. Consult your owner's manual on the appropriate buttons or dials to use.
  2. On your phone, switch on your Bluetooth®.
  3. Wait for your phone to find your vehicle's activated Bluetooth® device.
  4. Once you find the correct Bluetooth® vehicle device on your phone, select your car's stereo on the list.
  5. Enter your private stereo PIN and enable media.

With this unified system, you can answer phone calls, e-mails, and texts without being distracted. Plus, you can stream your favorite songs and jam away, too!

How do I change my brake pads?

Changing the pads of your braking system is one of the trickier tasks to complete, but it can be performed at home. First, you'll need a jack, stands, braking oil, a socket wrench, a tire iron, and fresh brake pads.

  1. The first step is to get the vehicle off the ground. The tires must be removed to reach the brake pads, so jack up your car to remove them. During this step, it's wise to have a trusted friend with you to help.
  2. Then, pull out the caliper construction and their old brake pads. The caliper installation is a clamp keeping the pads against your rotors.
  3. Remove the caliper assembly and set it down. Make sure you stay away from the braking fluid line as you do so. At this point, you should've found a way to slip out the old pads.
  4. Replace the pads. Oil the backs associated with the pads first, making sure none of it gets on the front or on the rotors. Also, be sure to remain gentle while securing the pads. You may need to readjust the braking system so it fits on the newer and thicker pads.
  5. Finally, put everything back together. When the tires are properly secured, you're done!

To discover the location of the various parts mentioned in these steps, consult your owner's manual.

How do I bleed my brakes?

In case your brakes feel slow or delayed, there's a possibility that there's excess pressure trapped in the braking system lines. Bleeding your car's braking system is the process of letting this trapped air out. To successfully complete this procedure, you'll need a bleeder wrench or a properly sized mix wrench, WD-40, brake fluid, a glass jar, and an extra pair of hands.

  1. Locate the brake bleeder screw situated behind each braking system. Usually, it's attached to the bleeder hose. To reach it, it's much easier if the vehicle is jacked off of the ground.
  2. Crawl underneath your vehicle and loosen the screw by using your bleeder wrench. However, be mindful to not damage the screw. If it appears stuck, then spray it with WD-40.
  3. Set a small piece of the hose over the top of the screw. Next, secure the other end within the jar. This will collect any extra fluid from the braking system.
  4. Have your friend pump the brake pedal, alerting you each time they're released. If you're under the car during this part, be careful! Make sure the car is properly jacked up and in park.
  5. Open the bleeder screw after the brakes were pumped several times. Liquid should squirt out, ideally right into the jar. More than likely, you'll discover a few pressure bubbles in it.
  6. Tighten the screw as the brake pedals are pressed. Then, inform your friend to release. Repeat this process until the screw is completely tight.
  7. Open the master cylinder and add additional braking fluid. Failing to do so may cause severe damage to your car's braking system.

How often should I rotate my tires?

Tires should really be rotated every 6,000 miles. As a rule of thumb, simply schedule a tire rotation with every other oil change.

How do I read my tire size?

The dimensions of your tires are comprised of a seemingly nonsensical combination of numbers and letters. Despite this, each different number and letter indicates an important detail of your tires. 

Load index: Here is the maximum load carrying capacity of the tire. Never ever install a tire that does not meet the manufacturer's recommended index for the automobile.

Wheel diameter: This number appear next and will be specified in inches. It shows what size wheel your tire will fit.

Radial construction: Most likely, you're going to have a radial tire, which is denoted by the letter "R."

Speed rating: This is the highest speed your tires can handle. For example, S = 112 MPH and T = 118 MPH. A Z-rated tire could be the fastest available, and will be accompanied by a "W" or "Y," showing the actual MPH the tire is rated for.

Aspect ratio: This number represents the height associated with the sidewall. Since it's merely a percentage associated with the width, it's likely to be small-perhaps around 45 or more.

Tire type: "P" signifies a passenger car tire and "LT" indicates a lighter truck tire.

Width: The very first number could be the width associated with the tire from one sidewall to the other, specified in millimeters. In a traveler car, it could be something like 245, for example.

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While this may be a great starting place for several DIY car tips, don't start any repair if you're uncertain. Devon, Malvern, and Conshohocken drivers can consult the auto service professionals at Audi Devon ahead of time for extra information or questions. Contact us today!

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