TIPS & ADVICE
How often should I rotate my
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 5000 miles.
Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear
Is it really necessary to replace
my timing belt at the manufacturer recommended
YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine
damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much
greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.
What does it mean if my "check
engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle's
engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the "check engine"
light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important
to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems or failure of
What should I do if my car starts
This is a very serious problem â€“ if your car overheats for
too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place
to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the
fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have
your car towed to a repair shop.
When should I get my oil
You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your
vehicle's owner's manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that
is capable of extended mileage changes.
What is that milky brown engine
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.
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.
What is synthetic motor
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or
supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during
hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot
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
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
When should I change my spark
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.