Tips & Advice

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Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer-recommended interval?
YES. The failure of a timing belt in many vehicles 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.


What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your engine’s performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your equipment may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems or failure of emission tests.


What should I do if my equipment or vehicle engine starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem. If it overheats for too long, it can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to shut off the engine! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is call one our professional technicians to assess the problem.


When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that is capable of extended mileage or engine hours changes.


What causes milky brown engine oil?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by one of our professional technician quickly.


How to make sure my battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected to make sure 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, that are used for towing (especially during hot weather) or 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.


When should I replace my vehicle’s fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your equipment or vehicle’s fuel filter as in intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.


When should I change my spark plugs?
Spark plugs are an integral part of your vehicle’s motor as they provide the much needed spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture within the cylinders. This continuous ignition is what keeps your engine running efficiently.

If spark plugs are not checked with regular services, cleaned or changed when necessary, they can cause problems with the your engine.


What should I do when I need to replace a burned out fuse?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse). If a fuse continues to blow, you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.