RECENT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL?
Your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months with standard grade oil and 5 months and 5,000 miles for synthetic oil. Oil change intervals have of lately become a source of confusion for consumers. Manufacturers tend to extend oil change intervals to 12 or 15 thousand miles, TV commercials tout longer intervals. While it is true oil lasts longer, contaminants still exist in oil and are filtered by the oil filter. Changing your oil at 12,000 miles includes a filter working for 12,000 miles. If you do a little research on the Internet you will find Mercedes Benz, BMW, General Motors and Toyota engines among others with sludge problems, diagnosed by the manufacturers as inadequate oil change intervals. Oil changes are the cheapest insurance for your engine, the price of a replacement variable valve timing or aluminum engine is wallet boggling. Click on the more link for Internet based oil information.
TIRE SPEED RATINGS
Tire speed rating, load range DOT numbers and the ever popular news program item when was my tire manufactured. This information can be confusing to the average consumer. The rule of thumb with tire is to look at the tire placard on your vehicles driver door or driver frame area, this will list the tire that came on the car. Very important, you may not lower the listed speed ratingof the tire for your vehicle. For example your car came equipped with a H rated tire you can not install a T rated tire. The higher the speed resting the more expensive the tire is. It is common for tire stores to sell on price with little regard to speed and load ratings. There is a reason you have a speed rated or load rated tire on your car, the manufacturer designed your suspension and brakes to work with a particular tire. After designing the car they accept bids from tire manufacturers for that specification. To not take up a large amount of space I have included a link to a external page that can provide more in-depth details regarding your tires and specifications. Click the more link will give you more information.
WHY SHOULD BRAKE FLUID BE FLUSHED?
We believe brake fluid should be flushed annually. In this case an ounce of prevention pays off in the long term. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture. Brake fluid is rated in part by the boiling temperature of the fluid, having water in it lowers the boiling point and can cause low pedal, spongy pedal and in extreme cases no pedal. The moisture absorbed by brake fluid can also cause rust and corrosion, meaning early replacement of expensive ABS components (the average ABS modulator is over $2000 dollars) Click the more link for additional information.
WHY IS SERVICING OR REPLACING MY BATTERY SO IMPORTANT?
Due to the high electrical demands of todays cars battery voltage and endurance is more important than ever. On many cars the output of the alternator can not keep up with electrical demands and charge the battery properly . A fully charged battery should have a voltage of 12.65 or higher. When the voltage of the battery reaches 10 volts or less a no start can occur or electrical devices will stop functioning. The average battery is good for about 4 to 5 years with degradation occurring more rapidly after that time. Many manufacturers are requiring battery replacement at a time limit whether the battery is good or not as low voltage or jumping your car from another car can damage sensitive electronic devices. if your battery is approaching 4 years have it checked or replaced. Click the more link for more information.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ROTATE MY TIRES?
Tire should be rotated every 3000 to 5000 miles. Rotating your tires provides more uniform wear on steering and traction tires. Tire maintenance is important to your tire warranty and life expectancy. Click the more link for more information.