Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions we hear from our customers along with our car care tips:
Q: What is the correct pressure for my tires?
A: It’s important that your car’s tires are neither over-inflated or under-inflated. Both can cause problems. The correct tire pressure depends on several factors including the size of the vehicle, the type of tire, the load being hauled, the type of driving you do and even the time of year. Your car’s manufacturer provides an overall recommendation which can usually be found insider the driver’s side doorpost, inside the fuel-filler door or in the car’s manual. If none of those are present, we can help you determine the best pressure for your needs.
Q: How often should I change my wiper blades?
A: For vehicles that are primarily parked inside, car care experts recommend wiper blades be replaced once a year, or when they start to leave streaks – whichever comes first. For vehicles that are kept outside or that use wipers frequently, it’s best to change the blades two or even three times per year.
Q: How often do I need an oil change?
A: The general rule is every 7.500 miles. But for some new vehicles, it’s up to 15,000. It depends on the age of your car and how much it is driven. We can provide you with a guideline specific to your car and driving habits.
Q: What do I do if my car overheats?
A: It can be scary when you’re driving along and smoke starts pouring out from under your hood. Most of the time, the problem is within the cooling system such as low coolant, a clogged radiator, broken drive belt or burst hose. Here’s what you should do:
- Turn off the air conditioner (if it is on), turn on the heater and pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Once you are pulled over, shut off the engine, open the hood and let the engine cool down at least 20 minutes. Once any overboiling stops and the engine has cooled, look for any obvious signs of trouble such as a burst hose or broken drive belt.
- DO NOT attempt to open the radiator cap until the engine is turned off and cool and the top of the radiator is cold. If you don’t see a burst hose or broken drive belt, add a coolant/water mixture to the radiator or overflow reservoir (be sure to keep some in your trunk for such emergencies).
- Start the car and drive slowly to the nearest service station (preferably Amina!)