Tips & Advice
Q1. How can we Help You SAVE at the pump?
Answer: Fuel Prices Expected to Keep Rising in the Months Ahead
Let us Help You SAVE at the Pump
Easy steps to increase your fuel mileage now
Talk with our Service Advisor today about the many ways you can save money by squeezing every mile out of a gallon of gas.
Here are just a few great examples:
*Replace spark plugs. Your vehicle's four, six or eight spark pluigs fire as many as 3 million times every 1000 miles, resultaing in a lot of heat and eletrical chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring which wastes fuel.
*Have your oxygen sensor checked. When it comes to improving fuel economy, this is one of the top ways to make a noticeable difference. Properly functioning oxygen sensors are good for the enviroment and can save hundreds of dollars in fuel costs during their life.
*Properly inflate your tires. When tires are not properly inflated, it can be like driving with the parking brake on. Underinflated tires can cut fuel economy by 2% by pound. We do our part by checking your tires each time you visit us.
*Get an oil/filter change. Clean oil reduces friction in your vehicles engine, increasing fuel economy.
*Ease up! Aggressive driving can lower gas mileadge by as much as 3 percent on the highway and 5 percent city streets.
There are many other ways to make your visits to the fuel pump less frequent. Ask us for more great tips!
Clean, new filters provide a great defense
An air filter clogged with dirt, dust or bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture--too much gas being burned for the amount of air. That can cause your engine to lose power.
Replacement intervals depend on where and how you drive, so have our technicians check yours. If needed, we'll replace the air filters...and replace the power!
Cabin Air Filters
Many people may not even know their vehicle has a cabin air filter, but these hardworking "defenders" do an important job.
Airborne contaminants and allegens--soot, dirt, pollen, exhaust and other pollutants--enter your vehicle's cabin through the heating and air conditioning vents. A clean, new cabin air filter will dramatically stop these intruders in their tracks, helping to keep them away from you and your passengers. It can also prevent other debris from entering your vehicle's heating, cooling and ventilation system and damaging the operation of your heater, aid conditioner and defroster.
Today more than 80 perdent of all new vehicles have a cabin air filter or a slot where we can install one for you. Ask our service advisor about your vehicle.
Q2. How often should I rotate my tires?
Answer: Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.
Q3. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
Answer: 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.
Q4. What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
Answer: There are many sensors and computerized components that manage 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.
Q5. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
Answer: 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 as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop.
Q6. When should I get my oil changed?
Answer:You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or every 3-4 months.