Questions and Answers
Important Car Helping Hints
Why does the check engine light come on? (A myth that the light comes on at certain mileage so you have to bring the car in spend money and have it turned off). No. The light comes on 90% of the time because of an emission related problem, and yes that is important not only for the environment but your wallet as well! A check engine light means something is not right, or the engine is not efficient and will use more gas.
What is an Interference Engine? Engines have a Crankshaft attached to the tires essentially pushing pistons up and down and a Camshaft that opens and closes valves to make the engine run, driven by a rubber belt. On an Interference engine, when that belt breaks, the Camshaft stops moving. Holding the valves open, the Crankshaft is still turning because the tires are turning, pushing the pistons up and down. That's when the internal engine parts will collide and cause expensive engine repairs. Bottom line is, replace your timing belt at or before the recommended time.
Why I need to perform the 30-60-90k services? Our cars are so efficient these days we forget to have these services done. Keeping up with your factory reccomended services will help prevent unnecessary repairs and keep your vehicle running as reliably as possible. Call us and we will keep your vehicle safe and worry free
When do I need to perform a basic tune-up? Oil changes, tire rotations, and air filters should be changed on a regular basis to keep the engine running smoothly. Spark plugs, wires and fuel filters should be changed every 30,000 miles to maintain engine efficiency (unless noted by manufacture). Anything you can do to help your vehicle roll, breath, or burn better will help the pocket book with today's high fuel prices.
When do I replace my shocks/struts?
Shocks and struts don't have a specific
replacement mileage like spark plugs do. They will usually last to
between 50,000 to 60,000 miles depending on how often you drive your
vehicle. Because they wear a little more every day, unless one breaks,
their decline can happen without you even noticing. Replacing your
shocks or struts at the first signs of wear will improve your tires
wear as well as increase the life in your steering and suspension. Ask
what simple tests and sysmptoms to look for if you think your shocks
or struts might be worn out.