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How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change or every 5,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer 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 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 emission tests.

What’s wrong with my car?
Is your car making a funny noise, does it leave a black stain on your driveway, or is the steering wheel shaking when you turn? These can be signs that your car is in need of repair. Minor repairs can quickly turn into a large one. Make sure to get your car checked every 30k, 60k, and 90k miles. Try to determine the make, model, year, and engine type (V4, V6, or V8) of your vehicle before calling.

My car is leaking fluid, what should I do?
The actions to take when your car is leaking fluid depend on the following. When do you noticed the leak? (After you had been driving or after the vehicle sat overnight)What is the color of the fluid leaking from the vehicle? (Black, Pink, Green, Clear)

Why are my brakes squeaking?
First we want to know when the brakes squeak. Do they squeak with or without applying the brake? This could mean they are getting thin and the wear indicator is trying to get your attention and should be checked by your auto mechanic. Squeaky breaks could also mean they are glazed, which is a very shinny condition, but I can determine this through an inspection. Asking questions now can save you money in the long run.

Why does my car klunk when going over bumps?
If your vehicle is making a klunking sound when going over bumps, ask yourself the following questions:
Is the sound coming from the front or the back of the vehicle?
Does the sound occur when driving over sharp bumps?
Does the sound occur when driving over slight bumps?
Klunks and rattles can take a little troubleshooting to diagnose, so knowing the answers to these questions before calling will help me determine the problem more quickly.

Why is my car making a funny noise?
When talking to an auto mechanic about a noise in general, try to help by watching for the following hints/clues:
Does the vehicle make the noise standing still or while moving?
Does it sound seem to be coming from the front or the back of the vehicle?
Does the noise change with the speed of the engine?
Does the sound or noise change when you apply the brakes?
Does the sound or noise get louder the faster you go?

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 off the engine! 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 changed?
You should get your oil changed every 3,000 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 causes 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.

How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

What is synthetic motor oil?
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 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.

What should I do when I need to replace a burned out fuse?
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.