How do I clean dirty battery terminals?
First disconnect both terminal cables and then apply a baking soda paste that is three parts baking soda and one part water. This will clean corrosion built-up from battery terminals without the need for using a wire brush. The baking soda paste will neutralize corrosion. After reconnecting the clamps to the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to help prevent future corrosion.
Is where I buy my gasoline important?
Not really but try to buy your gas at stations that are always busy to avoid getting gas that has been sitting in the storage tank too long. Also avoid buying gas at a station where you see a fuel truck unloading gas into the tanks as this tends to stir up impurities.
Can spark plugs last 100,000 miles?
There have been times when our repair shop has found spark plugs seized in cylinder heads of vehicles with as little as 60,000 miles on them. Removal of these seized plugs can result in hours of labor. There are documented repairs where it was necessary to remove cylinder heads just to get the removethe plugs. We suggest that to maintain peak performance your spark plugs should not be run longer than 30,000 miles. Car buyers should take those 100,000 mile spark plug marketing claims of manufacturers with a grain of salt.
Do you recommend extended service plans?
Not at all. In fact we suggest that you do not waste your money on a service plan. With good care and maintenance a new car doesn’t need service protection beyond that offered by the factory.
What size replacement tire is best?
It is important that if you want to maintain your automobile’s original ride and handling, make sure the aspect ratio of your new tires matches the ratio listed on your car’s original tires. The ratio of a tire’s height to it’s width is called it’s aspect ration. If looking at the tire, find the two numbers listed before the letter R. The numbers designate your tire’s aspect ratio. For example a tire with the size designation P215/65R15 has an aspect ratio of 65 which means the tire is 65 percent higher than it is wide and as such you would want 65-series tires.
Is changing the oil & oil filter really important?
Yes! Lubricating your car’s engine’s moving parts is the most important job of your car’s motor oil. Dirty motor oil wears out engine parts much quicker. Motor oil cleans the inner parts of your automobile’s engine as well as helping to cool it. Motor oil serves to seal the space between an engine’s piston rings and cylinder walls, forming enough of a seal to help prevent loss of power and increase and engine’s operating economy.
Changing an engine’s oil without replacing the oil filter can result in the new oil picking up the contaminants trapped in the old oil filter and recirculating them to the engine’s moving parts.
Change the oil and oil filter before taking a long trip. The more contaminated the oil, the faster a car’s engine will consume it. Frequent oil and filter changes are an effective way to increase the life of your car – one of your most expensive and valuable possessions. Our auto repair mechanics recommend changing your car’s oil and oil filter every 3,000-5,000 miles.
When do I change my fuel filter?
Automobile manufacturers commonly suggest changing your car’s fuel filter every 25,000 miles. If you are experiencing a sluggish hesitation when you accelerate, a plugged filter could be the problem.