Q: Is replacing my timing belt necessary at its recommended time?
A: YES. Failure to replace your car’s timing belt can lead to major damage to your engine. In addition, the repair cost of a broken timing belt in your engine is far greater than the price of a simple replacement of your timing belt.
Q: How often do my car tires need to be rotated?
A: Because failure to rotate tires can be a major cause of your tires’ premature deterioration, it is recommended that you rotate your tires every 7500 miles.
Q: When should I get an engine oil change?
A: Vehicle manufacturer’s today recommend oil change intervals anywhere from 3000 miles to 15000 miles. Your oil change interval depends on the type of vehicle you drive, type of oil used, and type of driving that you do. The short answer is we recommend oil changes every 5000 miles for our normal oil, and 10,000 miles for synthetic oils. The long answer can be found in this oil change article.
Q: Can I use synthetic motor oil for my car?
A: If you have an engine which is turbocharged, high performance, or driven under severe conditions, synthetic oil can be a good choice as a synthetic oil can withstand more abuse and more extreme temperatures than regular oil. Synthetic oils also last alot longer before needing to be changed.
Q: Why has the color of my engine oil turned milky brown?
A: When your engine oil turns this color, it is a hint that there is coolant in the oil. This is the result of a blown head gasket, cracked casings, or even a failed transmission cooler. If this happens, you need to have your car checked by a qualified technician the soonest time possible as this can cause a serious problem.
Q: If my car’s light for “Check Engine” turns on, what do I need to do?
A: There are some instances that this light turns on even though your car runs smoothly. The reason for this is because there are several computerized components and sensors which manage your engine’s performance and emissions. In order to avoid further damage later on, you should have this problem addressed as soon as possible.
Q: If my car overheats, what should I do?
A: An overheating car is a serious problem. If you allow your car to overheat for a long time period, it can damage your engine. As soon as your car overheats, you must look for a safe place you can pull into but you should never turn your engine off. At the same time, you should not attempt to open your radiator as the hot fluid can result to severe burns. What you can do is have your vehicle towed to My Mechanic Auto Center.
Q: How can I guarantee that my batteries have a good electrical connection?
A: It is important that you regularly clean and inspect your battery cables and terminals so you can make sure that they have a good connection that is free of corrosion.
Q: When does my car’s fuel filter need to be replaced?
A: On older vehicles, replace the fuel filter of your car roughly every 30,000 miles so you can ensure trouble free and dependable performance for your vehicle. Newer vehicles with returnless fuel systems have filters integrated with the fuel pump in the gas tank and do not need to be replaced as part of your normal maintenance routine.
Q: When do my spark plugs need to be changed?
A: Regular spark plugs should be replaced every 30,000 miles to maintain optimal performance and gas mileage. Platinum spark plugs are recommended at 60,000 miles.
Q: How can I replace a fuse that has burned out?
A: Follow your owners manual for instructions on where to find the fuse. Once you pull the fuse out and confirm it is blown, you must check that the fuse you replace it with has the same amperage as the ones that have already burned out. If there is a fuse which continues to blow, you need to have its circuit professionally checked for shorts.