Auto Care FAQs

Do you want to know the secret to making your vehicle last a really long time? It’s proper auto maintenance and care, and it’s not really a secret at all. In order to get your vehicle to last you for years, and run in good condition, you must be serious about routine auto maintenance and proper auto care. Not only can you increase your vehicle’s lifespan, you can protect yourself from costly breakdowns and huge repair bills. Continue reading to review some frequently asked questions about auto care, and perhaps learn a little more about what it takes to protect and preserve your vehicle.

When Should I Change the Oil in My Car?

Several factors will influence the length of intervals between oil changes and other factory scheduled maintenance. These factors can include the region you live in, the type of car you drive, the type of fuel it uses, your driving habits, its total number of miles, its overall condition, and more. It is best to consult your owners’ manual or a licensed mechanic for specific recommendations. However, the standard “rule of thumb” is to change your oil every 3,000 or every 6 months, whichever comes first.

 What Do I Do When My Engine Overheats?

As soon as you know your engine is starting to overheat, stop the vehicle and turn the ignition to off. Then have your vehicle towed to the nearest, trusted mechanic for immediate service. You never want to drive your car while it is overheating because it can do irreversible damage to the internal workings, as well as the engine.

Which Fluids Does My Car Need?

There are seven vital fluids that every vehicle requires for safe and optimal performance. These include windshield wiper fluid, coolant, motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, battery fluid, and power steering fluid. They all require periodic flushes and refills, and most need to be done by a trained mechanic. You should be able to add your own coolant and windshield wiper fluid, hassle-free.

Why is My Engine Oil a Milky-Brown Color?

If your motor oil comes out milky-brown, it is a common indication that coolant’s been mixed in somehow. Generally, this can result from a failed transmission cooler, blown head gasket, cracked casings, and more. This is a serious radiator, engine, or transmission repair that requires immediate action.

Should I Use Synthetic Motor Oil?

If you drive a vehicle a vehicle that has a high-output or supercharged engine, or a vehicle that frequently tows, you can benefit from synthetic motor oil. It is a good choice for those who drive in extremely cold or hot climates.