Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 8,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.
Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
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 that report to the computers on your vehicle. When a sensor fails or goes out of range of the specifications that it should maintain, it turns on the Check Engine Light. This computerized system also stores a diagnostic trouble code for the vehicle system that caused the Check Engine Light to go on. Although your vehicle may be working fine, it needs to be brought in to a shop to have the trouble code read and then researched to see if there is any further testing or repairs that need to be done to keep your vehicle running safely.
What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem - 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; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to the nearest, trusted auto repair facility.
When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 4,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual.
Why should I make sure my battery has good electrical connection?
Today's cars have many onboard computers - some models with more than 50 onboard computers. The battery must maintain a certain voltage to make these computers communicate and function properly. Low battery voltage can damage computer systems and cause the Check Engine Light to come on. Most people do not realize the importance of having a good battery and good connections from the battery to the electrical systems.
Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Or for vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.
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.
When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your non-Platiunum spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, Platinum spark plugs should be replaced every 90,000 miles and Iridium spark plugs should be replaced every 120,000 miles.
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.