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How often should I rotate my tires?

You should rotate your car's tires every other oil change or somewhere around 10,000 miles. If you don't have your tires rotated, this can cause premature tire wear in the future.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer-recommended interval?

Yes, it is. If your timing belts fails, this might lead to a major engine damage. It's more expensive to repair a car's engine with a broken timing belt in comparison to a timing belt replacement.

What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?

Your car's emissions and engine performance is managed by many sensors and computerized components. The check engine light is on, if some of these components fails. Even though your car might seem fine, you should address this issue in order to avoid failure of emission tests or long-term problems.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

This is without a doubt, a very serious problem. Your engine can be damaged if your vehicle is overheating for a long period of time. If this happens, you need to find a safe place to pull off the road and turn off the engine as quickly as possible. You shouldn't check the fluid level in the radiator, because you'll get burnt. The only thing you can do in this situation is call a car towing company and get your car to the nearest auto repair shop.

When should I get my oil changed?

You should change your oil as per recommendation in the owner's manual of your car. If your intervals are extended, you have to make sure you use the type of oil, that can endure extended mileage changes.

What causes milky brown engine oil?

If your engine oil has a milky brown color, this is a certain sign the oil has a coolant in it. The reason for that might be a blown head gasket or other type of gasket, cracked casings or failed transmission cooler. This condition is quite serious and has to be inspected by a professional technician immediately.

How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Terminals and battery cables have to be inspected and cleaned, making sure that there's a good electrical connection.

What is synthetic motor oil?

The synthetic motor oil is the preferred choice of product for cars that operate in extremely hot or cold climates, cars that are used for towing, supercharged or turbocharged engines or high output. The synthetic motor oil can provide longer intervals between changes and improve fuel economy, even though is a bit expensive in comparison to the mineral-based motor oil. It also provides an immediate lubrication on start-up.

When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

Most newer vehicles have non-serviceable fuel filters except in the case of diesel vehicles. Always follow the recommendation in the owner's manual of your vehicle, in order to ensure trouble-free and dependable performance.

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs.

What should I do when I need to replace a burned out fuse?

Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse). If a fuse continues to blow, you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

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