If everything on TV advertisement were true, then keeping your vehicle running great, looking good, and lasting a long time would be the easiest thing ever. Advertising will tell us over and over again that all we really need to do to keep that car running forever and looking brand new for years is to pour some bottles of miracle liquid into the crankcase, sprinkle magic dust on the paint, or spray some sort of ionized wonder water on the interior. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Following the old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is” comes the news that regular, proper care and maintenance are what really keep vehicles going into the high six-figure mileage ranges. Miracle cures, magic fairy dust, mystery polymers and the like are all fine and good for infomercials, but most likely won’t do much good for your vehicle.

Regularly scheduled maintenance and lubrication using the manufacturers recommended type and formulation of oil, grease and liquids is what will do the trick. Replacing normal wear-and-tear parts such as timing belts before they break is also a good path to follow on the road to long vehicle life. So here is top ten frequent asked question with regards to auto repair.

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, it is recommended that 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 often should I rotate my tires?

Car tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 5000 miles. Neglecting to do so is a major cause of premature tire wear.

When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

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

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer recommended interval?

YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

If your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. Therefore if that’s happened, 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. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a auto repair shop.

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

Within the vehicles, there includes many sensors and computerized components that manage vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is light on. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is always important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.

What is that milky brown engine oil?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately. If you are in Michigan, could try Michigan Auto Pros

When should I get my oil changed?

Recommendation is to get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

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

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

What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates.
Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.