Symmes Township Tips & Advice & Q&A – Tuffy Tire & Auto Service

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How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every two oil changes or every 5,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer?

YES. Failure of a timing belt in many cars can lead to major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much higher than the cost of replacing a timing belt.

What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?

There are many computerized sensors and components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of them fails, the “check engine” light comes on. Although your car may appear to be running fine, it is important to get the problem fixed to avoid long-term issues or failed emissions tests.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

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 leave the road and turn off the engine! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as this can burn you. The best thing to do is to have your car towed to a repair shop.

When should I have my oil changed?

You should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended by your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If the intervals are extended, be sure to use an oil capable of extended mileage changes.

What causes milky brown motor oil?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a faulty transmission cooler, or cracked crankcases. This condition is very serious and should be checked promptly by a professional technician.

How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

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

What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles used for towing (especially in hot weather), or vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, although several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant start-up lubrication.

When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

To help ensure reliable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and optimum engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000 mile platinum-tipped spark plugs.

What should I do when I need to replace a blown fuse?

Always replace blown fuses with fuses of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow” you should have the circuit professionally checked by one of our technicians for faults.

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