You should rotate your tires every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. This is very effective in preventing premature tire wear..
YES. If the timing belt fails, it can result in MAJOR engine damage. It is much cheaper to replace a timing belt than to repair and engine with a damaged timing belt.
Today’s cars are equipped with many sensor and computerized components that electronically control your vehicles emissions and performance. When one of these fails, the ‘check engine’ or ‘service engine soon’ lights up. Even if your car may seem fine to run, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.
This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can seriously damage or destroy 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 is under pressure and can burn you. The safest thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop.
Oil changes are one of the cheapest, most effective forms of preventative maintenance. You should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles with conventional oil or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
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.
Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.
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.
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.
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.
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.