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Tips & Advice for Your Vehicle Maintenance

When should I change my spark plugs?

Replace your spark plugs every 30 months or 40,000 km for peak engine performance.


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

To prevent long-term vehicle problems or failure of emissions tests, address your vehicle by scheduling an appointment with LaHave St Auto Clinic whenever your check engine light is illuminated. It could be a variety of problems.


How often should I rotate my tires?

Rotate your tires at every other oil change, or every 7500 km, to prevent premature tire wear.


What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oil improves fuel economy and provides longer intervals between oil changes. It is especially useful in vehicles that are used for towing, for supercharged or turbocharged engine vehicles and vehicles that are operated in extremely hot or cold climates. Synthetic motor oil also provides instant lubrication when your engine starts.


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

Yes! If you neglect changing your timing belt, your vehicle may experience major engine damage. Timing belt repairs cost much more than timing belt replacements.


When should I get my oil changed?

Change your oil every 5000 km, or as recommended in your vehicle’s manual.


What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

Find a safe place to pull off the road immediately – your engine overheating is a very serious problem. Shut off your engine and do not attempt to check your fluids, as they could burn you. Call LaHave St Auto Clinic and get your vehicle towed away for repair.


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

Clean and inspect your battery cables and terminals to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.


When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

Replace your car’s filter every 40,000 km, or as recommended in your vehicle’s manual, to ensure a trouble-free vehicle performance.


What should I do when I need to replace a burned-out fuse?

Replace your burned-out fuse with a similar one with the same amperage. If your fuse continues to blow, get your circuit checked at LaHave St Auto Clinic.


What causes milky brown engine oil?

There is coolant in the oil of your vehicle. A blown head gasket, failed transmission cooler or cracked casings could be to blame. Contact LaHave St Auto Clinic immediately, as this could be a serious problem.


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