Auto Repair and Maintenance FAQs

Your Most Common Auto Repair Questions Answered in Northeast IA

Frequently Asked Questions About Service


Why Is It Important to Service Your Car Regularly?

Keeping your vehicle in good condition is important. After all, you have invested a lot of money in your vehicle, and you use it every day. Protecting that investment is important for those reasons, among others. With routine service, you can ensure that your vehicle will continue to be ready for the challenges that the open road presents. Additionally, routine and regular service allows our expert service team to identify any potential long-term issues before they grow into a bigger hassle -- and a larger expenditure down the road.

What Are Some Signs That I Need Service?

Modern vehicles are designed to signify whenever you need service, or when something is amiss in your vehicle. That is where the dreaded "check engine" light comes into play. Therefore, if you notice a light on your dashboard is illuminated, it may be a sign that your vehicle should be checked out by our service team. Additionally, if you notice anything odd with your vehicle or its performance on the road, you can mention that to our team so we can see what is causing the problem. No matter if you are visiting us from West Branch, IA or Dyersville, or if you live down the road, we'd be proud to assist you, too!

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

A good rule of thumb is to have your oil changed between every 5,000 and 7,500 miles. However, your user manual will have a more concrete timeframe as to when you should have your oil changed.

How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked?

Your brakes should be checked once every six months.

When Should I Change My Car's Battery?

Generally, batteries can last up to five years. However, if you notice any electrical issues or other battery-related concerns, we recommend having your battery checked as soon as possible. Your battery can be affected by everything from cold weather to routine usage, so it's always better to err on the side of caution if you are concerned about its health.

When Should I Rotate My Tires?

Tire rotations help your tires wear out evenly, so you can get the most usage out of your tires. You should generally rotate your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. A good way to remember this time frame is to have your tires rotated whenever you bring your car in for an oil change.

How Often Should I Change My Tires?

Your tires can wear down quickly or slowly depending on certain factors. For instance, people who drive a lot across Elkader or Guttenberg, IA will find their tires wear out more than someone who doesn't drive as often. However, other factors can also affect your tires. That is why it's a good idea to do the penny test on your tires routinely (inserting a penny into your tread to see how much/little is left). A well-maintained pair of tires can last anywhere from six to ten years -- or 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

How Do I Schedule An Appointment for My Vehicle?

We have made scheduling an appointment as simple as possible. You can either give our service center a call, or utilize our online service scheduler. You can easily schedule service at any of our locations. Plus, our online schedulers are accessible no matter if you are from Dubuque or Manchester, or if you live down the road from us!

  1. Brown's Family of Dealerships

    IA 52052

    • Sales: 888-627-0547
  2. Brown's Elkader

    109 Gunder Rd
    ELKADER, IA 52043

    • Sales: (563) 231-2623
  3. Brown's Elkader Chevrolet Buick

    109 Gunder Rd
    Elkader, IA 52043

    • Sales: (563) 230-0366
  4. Brown's Guttenberg

    202 South Highway 52
    GUTTENBERG, IA 52052

    • Sales: 888-507-7636
  5. Browns Guttenberg Ford

    202 South Highway 52
    GUTTENBERG, IA 52052

    • Sales: (888) 507-7636
  6. Brown's Guttenberg Chevrolet Buick

    202 S Hwy 52
    Guttenberg, IA 52052

    • Sales: 888-481-5957
  7. Brown's Guttenberg RV

    202 Highway 52 South
    Guttenberg, IA 52052

    • Sales: (888) 419-7882
  8. Brown's Elkader Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

    109 GUNDER RD
    ELKADER, IA 52043

    • Sales: (563) 245-2505
  9. Brown's West Branch Ford

    346 W Main St
    WEST BRANCH, IA 52358

    • Sales: (319) 643-2123
  10. Victory Ford

    30584 Olde Hawkeye Rd
    Dyersville, IA 52040

    • Sales: 855-875-2397
  11. Browns West Branch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

    205 Tidewater Dr
    West Branch, IA 52358-9654

    • Sales: (319) 249-2233
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