european Car Care Tips

Here are some car care tips to keep your vehicle in great running condition and avoid costly repairs due to poor maintenance.

Tire Rotations – Your tires should be rotated every other oil change or every 5,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Timing Belts – 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. Ask us about your vehicle's manufacturer-recommended timing belt replacement schedule.

Check/Service Engine Light – There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance. 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 or failure.

Drop by and see us when yours comes on and we'll tell you what's happening with your vehicle.

Overheating – This is a very serious problem. If your car overheats for too long, you can cause major damage to your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut 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 have your car towed to a repair shop.

Oil Changes – You should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that is capable of extended mileage changes.

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