Maintenance and car care Questions and Answers
Is it really important to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
YES. In many cars the failure of a timing belt can result in major engine damage. Repairing an engine with a broken timing belt costs much more than the cost of replacing a timing belt.
If my “check engine” is lit, what does it mean?
When one of the many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine and emissions, fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Even though your car may be running fine, it is important to have the issue looked at to prevent problems.
What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
If your car overheats for too long, it can be very serious. You can damage your engine. Find a safe place to pull off the road as soon as possible, and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator! It can burn you. The best thing to call a tow truck to get it to a repair shop.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear. They should be rotated every 6000 miles (about every other oil change).
How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.
When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
What is that milky brown engine oil?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.
What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbo charged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates.
Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.
When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.
I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.