Automotive Repair Frequently Asked Questions

What is auto care preventative maintenance?
This would include regular auto service checks, inspections and repairs to prevent bigger problems as your vehicle ages.

How will I know when my vehicle needs a tune-up?
Regular scheduled maintenance will prevent you from learning the signs in the proper time frame. Here are a few signs to look for: frequent stalls, reduction in power, exhaust odor, jerking movements while operating your vehicle and there are a few more indications. If you suspect anything or are experiencing these issues then getting an inspection would be your best option.

How often should I rotate my tires?
A good way to keep track is every other oil change but if that is too hard to remember then every 6 months or every 5000- 7000 miles.

Why is rotating your tires necessary?
If you fail to have your tires rotated on a regular basis this could lead to damaged caused by tire wear and your tires won’t last as long.

My vehicle is leased, am I responsible for the maintenance?
Most auto lease agreements do not include servicing, maintenance, or repair unless you opt into to purchase a maintenance package.

How often should I change my oil?
If you check your owners manual it might suggest every 10,000 miles. We like to suggest every 3-4 months.

My engine oil is thicker and a dark brown color, is that ok?
If your oil changes to a thicker dark brown it could because of a failed transmission cooler, cracked casings or a blown head gasket. We recommend getting an auto inspection as soon as possible if your vehicle’s engine oil is a brown color.

How long should any given timing belt last?
The average life span is between 60K-105K miles or 7-10 years. If you purchase a used vehicle and it has never been changed then your chances of it going out are greater. Having regular scheduled maintenance should prevent this from being ever being an issue.

How long do spark plugs typically last?
Depending on your vehicle and how new or old it is, your spark plugs can last anywhere from 10k-20k miles. Check your owners manual on this because you may have a more expensive iridium or platinum spark plug and those last much longer.

What are the signs that my spark plugs need to be replaced?
Hesitation in the starter, Engine misfires, High fuel consumption, Loss of acceleration are all things to look for when replacing spark plugs.

10.When will my cars fuel filter need to be replaced?
We always suggest to check your owners manual but a good indication is every 20k-40k miles.

My “check engine” light came on, now what?
If your check engine light came on it could be something as simple as your gas cap not being on properly to you needing to shut off your engine immediately. We suggest checking to see if your vehicle is overheating if not proceed with caution but most importantly have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.

My brakes are squeaking, why is this?
If your brakes are making a squeaking noise when you step on them you may need new brake pads or rotors. Most brake pads have a small metal tab to alert drivers that it’s time to change the brake pads. When the brake pads wear thin, the little piece of metal drags along the brake disc, making a high-pitched sound when applied. That sound means you have reached the recommended wear limit and should replace the brake pads.

Why does my vehicle vibrate when I am coming to a stop?
This could have more to do with your rotors than your brake pads.

How can I prepare for a road trip?
We always recommend the basics for a road trip such as: have your oil changed, change the air filter, have your tires inspected and aired properly, make sure all of your lights and windshield wipers work properly and don’t forget to pack jumper cables just in case.

Why won’t my car start?
The number one reason is your battery could be dead, if your headlights turn on the it could be your ignition switch.

I am looking to purchase a vehicle, should I have a pre-purchase inspection done on it?
Our best advice is YES! Have a trusted mechanic take a look under the hood of the vehicle you are interested in purchasing. This one step could save you a lot of headaches and money down the road.

What is a transmission service?
It’s actually part of your regular maintenance servicing. A transmission service will basically having your transmission fluid changed, just like an oil change. It flushes away tiny particles and metal shavings in order to prevent the breakdown of your transmission.

Should I service my transmission even though it has a “Lifetime” fluid?
Unfortunately, Lifetime fluids are a huge misconception. Check your owners manual to gain clarity as to what the lifetime expectancy is and that will help you know when a good time to have your transmission serviced.

How often does the antifreeze need to be checked?
Antifreeze is your engines coolant that helps regulate your engine. This is part of a routine auto inspection.

Can I schedule an appointment to have my vehicle inspected?
Sure! Give us a call or contact us through our website.

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