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

  • Patrick Says:Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical connection. B’s can perform service in a few minutes.

Q. When should I change my spark plugs?

  • Patrick Says: For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Q. How often should I rotate my tires?

  • Patrick Says: Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

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

  • Patrick Says: 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.

Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

  • Patrick Says: 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; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to B’s Auto for inspection and repair.

Q. When should I get my oil changed?

  • Patrick Says: You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. Why is engine oil milky brown?

  • Patrick Says: Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (or other gasket). This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately.

Q. Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?

  • Patrick Says: Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Or for vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.

Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

  • Patrick Says: 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.

Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?

  • Patrick Says: 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.