Is it necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer’s recommended interval?
Yes, 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. The timing belt is one of the main causes of cars dying.
What does it mean if my 'check engine' or 'service engine soon' light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the 'check engine' or ‘service engine’ light comes on. To prevent long-term problems you should bring your car in for an inspection when the light appears.
What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
If your car overheats for too long, it can damage your engine and lead to costly repairs. If you start noticing that your engine is overheating, pull over as soon as possible and turn off the engine. Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is call the shop and have a tow truck come to you.
When should I get my oil changed?
Oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
What is that milky brown engine oil?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.
What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oil can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Vehicles that are used for towing or that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates should use synthetic oil. Though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, synthetic oil can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.
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