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Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering how often you should rotate your tires or what you should do if your engine starts to overheat? Wonder no longer. Get the answers to your questions right here.

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When should I rotate my tires?

Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles, or after every other oil change. Rotating your tires on a regular basis can help to prevent premature tire wear.


Do I really have to replace the timing belt when the manufacturer recommends it?

YES. If your timing belt breaks because it wasn’t replaced in time, it can cause major engine damage. It’s much cheaper to replace an old timing belt than to repair the damage that will occur if it breaks.


If my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on, what does that mean?

Your vehicle has a large number of sensors and computerized components that manage its performance. If one of these fails, the “check engine” light will come on. Your vehicle might seem to run fine, but even so, it’s best to get it checked out to prevent long-term problems.


If my car starts to overheat, what should I do?

Overheating is a serious problem. An engine that is too hot can cause serious damage to the vehicle. Find a safe place to pull off the road as soon as you can and turn the engine off. Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator, as the high temperatures can cause burns. Then give a towing company a call, and have your vehicle brought to Pasour Auto Repair.


How often do I need to get my oil changed?

Have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.


If my engine oil is a milky brown color, is that a bad sign?

Yes, it is! Milky brown engine oil indicates that coolant has gotten into the oil. There are a number of possible causes for this: a blown head gasket or other gasket, cracked casings, or a failed transmission cooler. If you see this, bring your vehicle to Pasour Auto Repair right away, because a professional technician needs to check it out.


How can I be sure that my battery has a good electrical connection?

Clean and inspect the battery terminals and cables to make sure they have a good connection. We can handle this if you’re nervous about getting under the hood of your vehicle.


Should I use synthetic motor oil?

We recommend using synthetic motor oil if your vehicle meets any of the following criteria:
  • You have a high-output, turbocharged, or supercharged engine.
  • You use your vehicle for towing (especially during hot weather).
  • You operate your vehicle in a very hot or cold climate.
Synthetic motor oil is more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, but it can improve your fuel economy, and you can go longer between changes. This often makes it a good investment.


When does the fuel filter need to be replaced?

Replace your fuel filter every 15,000 miles, or whenever your owner’s manual recommends that you do.


When do the spark plugs need to be changed?

We recommend changing your spark plugs every 30 months or 30,000 miles for the best fuel economy and engine performance. However, if your vehicle has 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs, you can go for up to 100,000 miles without needing to replace them.


One of the fuses in my car burned out. How do I replace it?

Purchase a fuse of the same amperage (it’s printed on the fuse) as the one you’ll be replacing, and after it’s replaced, keep an eye on it. If the fuse continues to “blow,” bring it to our car repair shop for a checkup.
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