Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
A. 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.
Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
A. 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 does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
A. 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.
Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
A. 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 the nearest Roesbery Car Care facility.
Q. When should I get my oil changed?
A. Roesbery Car Care recommends changing your engine oil every 3,000 miles.
Q. What is that milky brown engine oil?
A. Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by an internal leaking head gasket or possibly a leaking transmission cooler (if located inside the radiator), or a cracked/warped surface. This condition is very serious and should be checked by a professional technician immediately.
Q. How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
A. Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected regularly to make sure they provide a good electrical connection. All electrical components receive their power from the battery so it is very important for the engine to run properly and that you have a good secure connection at the battery.
Q. What is synthetic motor oil?
A. Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.
Q. When should I replace my car's fuel filter?
A. 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. When should I change my spark plugs?
A. For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced as recommended in your vehicle's owner manual. For example, if the manufacturer recommends to replace sparks plugs every 30,000 miles, the average California driver should replace spark plugs every two years based on average driving habits.
Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
A. 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 by one of our technicians for defects. Other things can cause fuses to "blow" when they shouldn't so it is always best to be on the safe side and have the vehicle inspected further.