Below is a list of answers to the most common questions that our customers ask us about automotive repair. Everyone runs into car trouble from time to time. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with regular maintenance and be aware of how your car functions from day to day. Our professional advice will keep your car running smoothly so you can relax on the road.
Automotive Repair Q&A
Q: How often does a car need to be serviced?
A: Most factory-scheduled maintenance is prescribed at certain mileage milestones including 15K, 30K, 45K, 60K, 75K and 90K miles. Major automotive maintenance occurs at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 90,000 miles, and so on. Between services, parts of your car may still wear out and require replacement or maintenance. It’s important to periodically check your brakes, tires, transmission fluid, battery, oil, and oil filter.
Q: What causes my engine to overheat?
A: If your engine is overheating, your dashboard light should turn on and there will likely be smoke coming from the hood of your car. Pull over immediately if this occurs while you are driving, then open up the windows and turn on the heat! This helps pull the heat out of the engine. There are several causes of an engine overheating. The most common culprits are cooling system leaks, radiator issues, broken water pumps, and blocked hoses from mineral buildup or general wear. Regular maintenance checks can help catch such problems before they cause your engine to overheat.
Q: How can I keep my car in good condition?
A: That’s easy! Follow your vehicle’s service manual requirements for regular maintenance checks. A car that is properly serviced and cared for will function smoothly and last for a long time!
Q: Why does my check engine light come on?
A: The check engine light might switch on for many reasons, but it’s not always because there’s a direct problem with your engine. Sometimes, improperly closing the gas cap can mess with the pressure in the fuel-delivery system and trigger the check engine warning. First, try aligning the gas cap correctly and closing it tightly. If the light is still on, it may indicate a more serious problem that a mechanic will best be able to diagnose.
Q: How often should I have my oil changed?
We recommend an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. If you use synthetic oils, you will require a change every 10,000-15,000 miles or once a year, whichever milestone comes first. The owner’s manual of your car will also have an oil change guide based on how many miles you drive.
If you have a question that didn’t appear on this list, get in touch with us! Lafayette German Car Repair is here to help.
Give Us a Call for Automotive Repair
If you’re in need of professional automotive maintenance or repair, you can rely on us. Contact Lafayette German Car Repair by calling (925) 2284-3390. We offer great deals, excellent service, and long-lasting results!