Q-1? When should I get my oil changed?
Answer, Although manufacturers recommendations vary, a good rule is to use the service schedule due to the mountainous terrian we live in usually 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Q-2? How often should I rotate my tires?
Answer, Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.
Q-3? Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
Answer, 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 far grater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.
Q-4? What does it mean if my check engine or service engine soon light comes on?
Answer, There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicles power train and emissions. When one of these sends a signal that is outside a normal range, the check engine light is illuminated. The car may run fine, but it is important to have your vehicle checked to prevent long term damage.
Q-5? What should I do if my car overheats?
Answer, This is a very serious problem-if your car overheats you can cause major damage to your engine or transmission. Pull off the road and shut the engine off as soon as safely possible. Do not attempt to continue driving and have your vehicle towed!
Q-6? Why should I have my transmission fluid flushed out and replaced?
Answer, Automatic transmission fluid becomes contaminated as a result of normal wear of internal transmission components. Transmission fluid also becomes burned and deteriorates as a result of excessive heat. This is more common in vehicles operated in mountainous terrian or used for towing or carrying heavy loads.
Q-7? When does my vehicle need a cooling system flush?
Answer, Most vehicles come equipped with either 3 or 5 years collant. Modern engines are designed to operate at peak efficiency at a specific temp. Over time sludge can build up in a cooling system and cause major engine damage. Flushing the system every 30-50 thousand miles cleans out this sludge and contamination.
Q-8? What is an "induction service" and why do I need it?
Answer, Even though todays cars emit fewer emissions than ever, todays reformulated fuels can leave heavy carbon deposits on pistons and valves. These will greatly reduce engine performance and fuel economy.
Q-9? Why should I have my brake fluid changed when my brakes work fine?
Answer, Brake fluid is designed to attract moisture and other cantaminates even though it is in a sealed environment. Moisture and contaminates will ruin hydraulic brake components resulting in expensive brake repairs or possible brake failure.
Q-10? Why should I have my vehicles power steering flushed? The steering feels fine?
Answer, Power steering fluid contamination is very common in todays vehicles. Normally when there is a problem such as stiffnedd or noise the damage has already been done. This will usually require major repair. By flushing the power steering fluid regularly you can remove contaminates that will clog valves and wear internal parts.