Frequently asked questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
Rotate your tires at least every 6,000 miles or every other oil change. Rotating your tires periodically is an essential part of tire maintenance. The main purpose of regularly rotating tires is to achieve more uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle.


Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
YES. Timing belts must be replaced at the manufacturer's recommended distance and/or time periods. Failure to replace the belt can result in complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure. The owner's manual maintenance schedule is the source of timing belt replacement intervals, typically every 60,000 to 90,000 miles (approx 96,000 to 144,000 kilometres)


Q. What to do if the "check engine" light goes on?
When car computer finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can't correct, it turns on a yellow warning indicator that's labeled "check engine". It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible.


Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
Stop driving as soon as possible and allow engine to cool down for at least 15 minutes before checking. Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator; If you remove the radiator cap before the engine has cooled down you could get scalded. The best thing to do is have your car towed to the nearest, trusted auto repair facility.


Q. How often should I change my oil?
For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do.


Q. How can I tell if my car battery is "good"?
Clean battery terminal connections. Auto parts stores will check your charging system for free & then load test the battery.


Q. Should I use synthetic oil in my vehicle?
Both will do the job but Synthetic will last longer between changes. The major advantage of synthetics is superior lubrication that significantly reduces engine wear over the long term.


Q. How can I tell if my fuel filter needs to be replaced?
Replacing the fuel filter periodically, every year or so, for preventative maintenance can reduce the risk of filter-related driveability problems. Most vehicle manufacturers recomend replacing once every five years or 50,000 miles.


Q. 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.


Q. 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.