CAR CARE TIPS

Keeping up with regular maintenance is very important on today's vehicles. By doing this, your vehicle should provide you with many years of reliability. Below are some tips we believe will help you maintain your vehicle for years to come. We have also included answers to some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand more about your vehicle.

• Change your oil and oil filter at the mileage intervals recommended by the brand or type of oil you use. We can help you decide what is best for you and your vehicle.

• Use the weight of oil that your vehicle manufacturer recommends.

• Have your tires rotated every other oil change when using conventional oil, or every oil change when using synthetic oil. This equates to rotating about every 6,000 miles. Doing so will prevent premature wear on your tire investment.

• Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to prevent premature wear. This will also help your fuel mileage.

• Have your brakes inspected when you have your tires rotated.

• Have the fluid levels of your vehicle inspected with every oil change, and topped off or serviced if needed. This will help prevent future costly repairs.

• Replace your wiper blades at least once per year. This will ensure that you don't get stuck in a storm with broken or streaky blades.

• Have any noticeable changes in your vehicle inspected immediately.

• Change your air filter and cabin air filter when they become visibly dirty. Dirty filters can decrease your fuel mileage.

• Replace your timing belt at the recommended interval. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement because many times, major engine damage may be caused if the belt breaks.

• If your Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light illuminates, it means that a sensor or computerized component that manages your vehicle's engine performance and emissions has a problem. Even though your car may not run differently, there is an issue within the system. It is important to have the problem properly diagnosed to prevent long term damage. If the light begins to blink, turn the vehicle off and tow it to our shop as soon as possible.

• If your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine, so if this happens, find a safe place to park the vehicle and turn the engine off. Tow it to our shop as soon as possible.

Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.



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