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Auto Repair Service Quick Tips

The single most important thing you can do for the health of your car or truck is to change the oil every 3 months or 3000 miles. Oil not only reduces the friction in your engine, but it also absorbs contaminants and keeps your engine clean.

 

Are you wasting money at the pump? Fill your auto with gas with the octane rating specified in your owner’s manual. Higher octane fuel is not necessarily better. Higher octane fuel in a car or truck that doesn’t need it will not burn as efficiently. You waste money on the fuel and you lose money with worse gas mileage.

 

Are your brakes squeaking? Most brake pads are designed to make noise when they are worn. See your auto mechanic and have them checked before they completely wear out. If you let them go too long, you may damage other more expensive components of your brake system like your rotors, drums, or calipers, making a small auto repair into a much larger problem.

 

When topping off your radiator’s reservoir, make sure you use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze. Do not add straight antifreeze. Antifreeze by itself is a poor conductor of heat compared to water and if the ratio of antifreeze in your system gets too high, your car may run hot.

 

What is your car or truck leaking? Do you have fluid under your auto and don’t know where it came from? Engine oil is usually a dark brown or black color. Automatic transmission fluid is usually red or red-brown, and so is power steering fluid. Brake fluid is mostly clear or slightly amber. Antifreeze can be a number of different colors from orange to green to brown. When you find a leak, make sure you get your vehicle to an auto repair service as soon as possible to prevent damage.