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Auto FAQ

Below we’ve listed out our answers to common questions we get in our shop every day. Please call us, 937-526-3051, if you have further questions, we’d be happy to answer your specific question.

How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every 10,000 – 12,000 miles or every 3-4 oil changes. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear. If there is a need to rotate before that then there is an alignment issue causing premature tire wear.

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

It can mean nearly 250 different things. There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance, transmission, and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. Call us and we can tow you to our shop and fix the problem.

When should I have my oil changed?

The need can vary depending on the length of your average daily trips. Short trips of about 1-5 miles will require staying close to the 3,000 mile mark. If driving much more in their average trip they can extend to 4,000-5,000 miles between changes. If you don’t drive many miles each year your fluids and air pressure should be checked every 3-4 months even if you don’t need an oil change.

What is synthetic motor oil and does Gus’s Garage offer it?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for people who drive more than 15,000 miles or more a year. Synthetic motor oils, though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.

Yes, Gus’s Garage offers synthetic motor oil for specific needs. Call us to talk more about synthetic oil for your vehicle.

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.

How do I replace a burned out fuse?

Always replace burned out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

When should my fuel filter be replaced?

To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.