1. Can I drive with my check engine light on?
You can drive a vehicle with a check engine light on.
You should definitely go by a shop or parts store, and have the code read. If your check engine light is blinking, the vehicle is no longer safe to drive. A blinking check engine light means you have an active misfire. When this happens, raw fuel can be dumped into your exhaust system, which leads to catalytic converter failure.
2. How do I know what to air my tire pressure to?
There should be a tire sticker on the door jamb of your driver door that tells you the proper tire size and inflation. You shouldn’t go by the side of the tire. That is the maximum limit of the tire. At this pressure, the tire will wear quickly and excessively in the middle of the tire. Always go by the door jamb sticker.
3. Why should I rotate my tires?
Rotating your tires helps prolong the life of your tires. If you don’t rotate your tires, your tires become choppy, and will wear excessively on the inside. Steer tires, the tires on the front of the vehicle, have more stress applied to them because of turning. Rotating your tires will help keep fresh tread on your steer tires, which is the safest option.
4. How do I check the tread on my tires?
You can check the wear bar. It is located between the tread. When the tread of the tire gets
near the wear bar, it is time to start planning for new tires soon. You should always replace the
tires in pairs. If it is an all-wheel drive vehicle, you should replace the tires as a set.
5. Why should I change my oil every 3,000 miles?
The additives in the oil break down with heat and time. Engines operate at high temperatures. When these additives break down, the oil becomes thicker and sludge builds up. This process happens fairly fast. When you change your oil, you
need to change your oil filter also. The filter catches debris and holds some sludge from the oil. If you don’t change your filter, you will contaminate the new oil. Proper maintenance will help prolong the life of your engine.
6. When should I flush my fluids?
Every vehicle is different. The best thing to do is to check your owner’s manual.
7. How often should I replace my belts and hoses?
Belts should be inspected every oil change to check for wear and cracks. Modern belts are made of a material that doesn’t crack like belts used to- now they wear like tire tread. Hoses should be firm. When a hose gets squishy, it is time to replace them. When we do an oil change at Kevin’s Auto Repair, we inspect your belts and hoses so you can do preventative maintenance instead of getting stranded on the side of the road with a broken belt or a busted hose.
8. How do I know when my car needs a tune up or timing belt?
The proper maintenance schedule is in your owner’s manual. This schedule varies from brand to brand. Most brands are scheduled based off of mileage- most commonly 60,000 miles to 120,000 miles.