How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?

When your check engine light comes on, this is a warning that something on your vehicle is either not working properly, or is about to break. The check engine light is connected with the computerized system that is constantly monitoring your vehicle’s functions. You may not notice any problems when your check engine light turns on, but this is because often times it is warning you before the problem occurs.

What should you do when your check engine light turns on?

Take it to your trusted auto repair shop. Your mechanic has the necessary tools to read your vehicle’s computerized system and determine what has caused your check engine light to turn on. The sooner you take your automobile in the better! Catching a possible problem before it breaks completely will save you time and hassle. Remember, preventative auto maintenance is much cheaper than advanced auto repairs!

When should I get my oil changed?

When you should get your oil changed depends on your vehicle and the type of oil you are using, and you should refer to your vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Typically speaking, you should change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles. Make sure you keep up with your Houston oil changes to keep your car running smoothly!

I got a flat tire. Do I have to buy a new tire or is tire repair possible?

Tire repair is possible, depending on what caused the flat tire and the amount of damage. You will need to bring your tire to an auto repair shop or mechanic you trust and have them determine whether you need a new tire or not. If they fix your tire, make sure to confirm with them that their tire repair will hold for the remaining life of the tire. Houston tires have to endure a lot!

How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

How do I know if my car needs maintenance services performed?

We cannot stress enough how many benefits there are for your vehicle – and your wallet – by keeping up with your cars maintenance services. Preventative maintenance saves you tons of money rather than needing an advanced auto repair! You can refer to your vehicle’s manual for the factory-scheduled maintenance service schedule. At Auto Check, we are also happy to provide a complimentary 21-point safety inspection to ensure that you and your family are safe on the road.