Tips From A Mechanic

How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every other oil change or every 5,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

When should I get my oil changed?

You should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that is capable of extended mileage changes.

What causes 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 quickly.

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.

What does blue smoke mean?

Blue smoke means your engine is burning motor oil and needs to be seen by a mechanic.  Blue smoke is visible as exhaust because oil slips past the oil rings and into the cylendar during it’s cycle.  When fuel is ignited and burns the residual oil burns with a blue smoke.

Oil could be left behind inside the cylendar for many reasons, such as using oil that is too thin for your vehicle’s age or having valve seals, guides, or oil rings that need replacing.

What does white smoke mean?

White smoke means water is making its way to your cylendar during between the exhust and power stroke.  This happens because your head gasket has malfunctioned or is damaged.  Your vehicle should be immediately seen by a mechanic because there is a literal clock ticking down to the point it will leave you stranded.

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