This page provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about vehicle repair and service. We've thrown in some of our favorite tips and recommendations, too. Please call us or consult our Contact Us page for answers to your specific questions. We are happy to assist you!


    • How much air should I put in my tires?
    • Is it safe to repair a flat tire?
    • Do I have to replace my present tires with the same size tires?
    • Should I rotate my tires?
    • How important is wheel alignment?
    • How often should I have my car aligned?
    • What should I do if I notice a vibration?
    • Can I drive normally on my spare tire?
    • An illuminated light on my dash shows that I have a low tire. Can I just put air in it?
    • With so many brand options and price differences why not just pick the cheapest tire. Is there really a difference?
    • How often should I rotate my tires?

    Vehicle Maintenance

    • What are the consequences of postponing maintenance?
    • If I don't take my car to my car dealer for maintenance or repair will I void my warranty?
    • My check engine or service engine soon light comes on. What should I do?
    • Why does my vehicle's maintenance schedule recommend so many fuel system services?
    • What are all of the chemicals and fluid flushes for? Are they really necessary?
    • Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
    • What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
    • When should I change my spark plugs?
    • What is the difference between maintenance and safety?
    • With the change of the season and the temperatures, do I need to have my car checked?

    Fluid Leaks

    • I see a fluid leak under my car, what is it?

    Vehicle Smells & Sounds

    • I smell something in /around my car, what could it be?
    • My car is making a terrible sound, what information will help?
    • I hear an intermittent noise from the front of my car. Do I need to worry about it?

    Oil Change

    • How often should I change my oil?
    • When should I get my oil changed?
    • What is that milky brown engine oil?
    • What is synthetic motor oil?


    • What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
    • What dashboard lights should I worry about and which are just precautions?

    Electrical System

    Fuel System

    Improving Gas Mileage

    • How can you increase fuel mileage?

    Cabin Air Filters

    • What is a Cabin Air Filter?
    • Is a Cabin Air Filter the same as an engine intake filter?
    • Why are Cabin Air Filters important?
    • Where are Cabin Air Filters located?
    • How often should they be replaced?
    • What happens if they are not replaced at the recommended interval?

    Auto Glass

    • When I need a repair, who do I contact first: my insurance agent or the Auto Glass repair facility?
    • Do I have to go with the auto glass repair facility recommended by my insurance company?
    • What Is the Insurance Deductible?
    • Will I be penalized by my insurance company for making a windshield repair or other auto glass claim?
    • What if my car insurance only covers liability?
    • Will my insurance companies waive my deductible if my windshield is repaired rather than replaced?
    • How long does the repair process take?
    • Repair vs. Replacement - How do I decide?
    • What does the windshield have to do with safety?
    • What's the difference between my windshield and the other glass in my car?