Q1. How often should I rotate my tires?
Answer: Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear
Q2. 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 much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.
Q3.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 vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.
Q4. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
Answer: This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage 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 can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop.
Q5. When should I get my oil changed?
Answer: You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or every 3-4 months.
Q6. How often does brake fluid needs to be replaced?
Answer: We recommend to flush the brake fluid at least once every 2 years
Different causes that can cause an engine to overheat:
1. Lack of coolant service (changing the coolant on a regular bases) many of us do not know when this fluid need to be replace . Most of older vehicles take the regular green coolant (this type of coolant needs to be service at least every two years) newer vehicle takes other different coolant (check your manual or service advisor how often they should be changed).
2. as the car gets older so the parts, remember nothing last forever, the cooling system is composed of different parts: radiator, heater hoses, radiator hoses, water pump, gaskets, fan motors, sensor and the list goes on. Remember have your car checked by a professional.
3.Always remember to stop the engine, otherwise you can do further damage to the engine and your wallet.
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TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR GAS MILEAGE
- Keep your tires properly inflated, and check them frequently
- Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition, make sure your air filter is not plugged up.
- Perform tune up when is needed, this includes replacing fuel filter and cleaning of injectors, you will be happy you got it done.
- Make sure your brakes are not dragging
- Avoid Excessive warm-up time. Don’t idle your engine for long periods.
- Keep your speed at 55 miles per hour.
Finally, have a safe trip wherever you are!
Don’t install a new timing belt on an old drive system
Here are some of the reasons they give for replacing the timing belt and tensioners, idlers, water pump on the same service interval:
- When the bearings lose lubricant, the tensioner or idler pulley will seize and cause the belt to suddenly snap without warning.
- Most OEMs recommend replacing the timing belt and the tensioner as part of normal preventative maintenance.
- After 60,000 miles, tensioners are more likely to fail (especially after installation and adjustment of the new belt)
- A worn pulley can cause misalignment of the belt drive, which accelerates belt Wear.
To avoid comebacks and labor claims, replace the tensioner, idler, water pump, cam and crank oil seals whenever servicing the timing drive system.