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    Q. What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?The sensors and computerized components monitor your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.
    Q. How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.
    Q. How often should I change my oil or replace my air filter?You should get your oil and filter changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.  A clean air filter boosts engine performance which in turn, gets you better gas mileage.
    Q. Why is engine oil milky brown?Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (or other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately.
    Q. Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Or for vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.
    Q. 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.
    Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
    Q. How often should I rotate my tires?Your tires should be rotated every other oil change… Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.
    Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?YES. The 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.
    Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a professional auto repair facility.
    Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally.




    Driving Habits

      •         Use cruise control whenever possible, maintaining a constant speed improves you mileage.
      •         Limit the time you warm-up your car in winter.
      •         If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
      •         Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
      •         Clean out the car, more weight creates more drag.
      •         Don’t drive like you’re on the race track, sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes in speed.
      •         Consolidate daily trips and errands. Park in an area where you can accomplish the most  without having to re park. Restarting your engine  uses a lot of gas.
      •         Avoid using air conditioning when possible.
      •         Also, keep in mind when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag.
      •         Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait.
      •         Avoid high speeds. Gas mileage is improved by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.


    Servicing Your Vehicle

      •          Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Have them checked regularly.
      •         Change your filters. Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by as much as 10 percent.
      •         Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. There’s truth to the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
      •         Replace the spark plugs in your engine regularly. This helps the air and fuel mixture burn cleaner and more efficiently.
      •         Check your oil! Low oil makes your engine work harder.
      •         Allowing gas to get in and exhaust out of your vehicle will improve the vehicle’s overall performance and gas mileage.
      •         Reduce friction. Use high-quality or synthetic motor oil.


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