Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will it hurt my engine if I drive my car when the check engine light is on?

  • A. Normally not, but there are situations that will. We recommend that you call and ask a service professional before you drive. However, you do need to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible. You may see a decrease in performance.

Q. What is the primary cause of tire damage?

  • A. Although there are many things that can cause tire damage, improper inflation is the main problem we see. Be sure that either you or your service facility is checking on a quarterly basis.

Q. How do I know when my car needs a tune up?

  • A. You may see your gas mileage decrease. Your vehicle may start running rough. If your check engine light comes on that could also be an indicator that your vehicle needs a tune up. The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle may suggest a tune up at a certain mileage.

Q. When should I have my timing belt changed?

  • A. Depending on the vehicle a timing belt needs to be replaced between 60,000 and 120,000 miles. Age is also a factor and most manufacturers recommend it to be replaced at six years of operation. Timing belt failure can result in major engine damage!

Q. When do I need to replace my belts and hoses?

  • A. If you can see cracks in your belts, it is time to have them replaced. If your hoses look swollen or soft that could be an indicator that they need to be replaced. However, hoses can deteriorate on the inside and if this happens there is no visual evidence that the hose needs to be changed.