Find answers to all of your automotive questions:


Tires:

Q: Do I have to replace my present tires with the same size tires?

    A:  Tires should always be replaced with the same size or approved sizes for your vehicle. Replacing your tires with different sizes or tires having different stages of wear can affect the vehicle's handling and stability. It is important to obtain honest advice when purchasing new tires. Our experts can help you determine which tire option best suits your needs and your budget.
 

Q: Should I rotate my tires?

    A:  Manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. The purpose of rotating your tires is to achieve uniform wear on all tires. Many places will rotate tires at no additional cost.
 

Q: How important is it to have my tires aligned?

    A:   Wheel alignment is very important and helps extend the life of your tires. Even if your alignment is only slightly off, it can cause your vehicle to drag tires sideways.
 

Q: What should I do if I notice a vibration while driving?

     A:   This is typically an indication that there is an issue with your car and you should have it checked right away in order to avoid excessive tire and/or suspension wear.
 

Q: Can I drive normally on a spare?

     A:    Most spare tires have set limitations for speed and distance of travel. These limitations are typically 50 mph and no longer than 50 miles per trip. Because of this, it is best to have your spare replaced fairly quickly after experiencing a flat.

 

Vehicle Maintenance:

Q: What are the consequences of postponing maintenance?

  A:    Properly maintaining your vehicle is less expensive than dealing with the costly repairs that are more likely to occur if maintenance is neglected. Postponing even simple maintenance such as oil changes can lead to poor fuel economy and may cause your car to be less reliable.
 

Q: Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?

    A:    YES! Failure of a timing belt can lead to much more costly problems related to your engine. Replacing a timing belt is much cheaper than dealing with engine problems relating to timing belt issues.
 

Q: What does it mean when my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?

     A:    Although your car may appear to be running normally, the illumination of one of these lights typically means there is an issue with one of the many computerized systems that manage your vehicle's engine performance and emissions.
 

Q: When should I change my vehicle's spark plugs?

    A:     It is recommended that your spark plugs be changed every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless you vehicle is equipped with special gold tipped 100,000 mile spark plugs.

 

Oil Changes:

Q: How often should I change my oil?

    A:     Most manufacturers recommend having your oil changed every 7,500 miles unless you drive in severe conditions such as extremely hot/cold temperatures, dusty roads, towing or excessively long trips.
 

Q: What is synthetic motor oil?

    A:     Synthetic motor oil is usually a good choice for supercharged or high output vehicles that are used for things such as towing. Though synthetic oil is more expensive, it can improve fuel economy and   allow for longer intervals between changes.

 

Fluid Leaks:

Q: I see a leak under my car, how can I tell what is leaking?

    A:      A fluid leak could mean trouble. Don't wait until it's too late to get it checked! The coloring identifies the type of fluid:

                Orange or Green = Coolant fluid

                Black or Brown = Engine fluid

                Red or Pink = Transmission fluid

                Light Brown = Steering fluid

                Brown = Differential fluid

 

Vehicle Sounds:

Q: I hear an intermittent noise from my car, should I be worried?

    A:    Every unidentifiable noise should be checked. Quick action may save you from dealing with costly repairs in the future.

 

Troubleshooting:

Q: What if my car starts to overheat?

    A:    This is a serious problem! Overheating can damage your engine. As soon as there is a safe place to pull over, do so and turn your engine off. The best thing you can do is have your car towed to a repair shop as trying to check your fluid levels may cause burns or other injuries.
 

Q: Which dashboard lights should I be concerned with and which are just precautions?

    A:    Every dashboard light is responsible for notifying you of something that should be addressed. However, if any of the following lights are on, you need to have your vehicle checked immediately: Engine light, Oil light, ABS light, Traction light, Tire Pressure light.
 

Electrical System:

Q: How do I make sure my car battery is in good operating condition?

    A:    Have your battery terminals and cables cleaned and inspected regularly to be sure they are in good operating condition.
 

Q: I need to replace a fuse, what should I do?

    A:    Always replace a fuse with one of the same amperage and if it continues to "blow" or burn out, have it checked professionally.

 

Fuel System:

Q: When should I replace my car's fuel filter?

     A:    Approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended by your vehicle owner's manual.

 

Cabin Air Filters:

Q: What is a cabin air filter?

    A:    Cabin air filters help filter the air that comes from outdoors into the passenger area of your car. They were initially designed to filter out dust and other contaminants but can now also help absorb the smell of gas and other odors.
 

Q: Why cabin air filters are important?

    A:    Air quality is a major concern for many people, especially those who suffer with allergies, asthma, etc. Cabin air filters help reduce the risk of dealing with these issues while driving.
 

Q: How often should my cabin air filter be replaced?

    A:    It is recommended that you replace your cabin air filter at least once yearly or every 12,000 - 15,000 miles.