- #1: The “check engine” light comes on and stays on after I start my car. What should I do?
All the dashboard lights will come on when you first start your car as your on-board system does a safety check. The lights should go off when the check is done. If the “check engine” light, or “needs service” light stays on, or comes on sometime later, you need to have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. It may be just a simple problem to fix, but if it goes unchecked, it may become major problem!
- #2: There is a funny noise from under the front of my car. Should I be concerned?
Vehicles are not built in a way that there should be any “funny” noises coming from underneath. If you hear something strange, trust your intuition and get the noise checked out by a qualified technician. Quick action on a seemingly small issue may save big repair bills if left unattended. Using your best judgment, get strange noises checked as soon as possible.
- #3: When should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every 6,000-9,000 miles. This ensures proper wear and can extend the life of your tires. For more information about tires, click here.
- #4: I noticed there is fluid on the ground underneath my engine. How can I tell what is leaking and if it should be checked out right away?
Usually you can tell what might be leaking by the color of the liquid. Anti-freeze or coolant fluid is orange or green. Transmission fluid is red or pink. Engine fluid is black or brown. Power steering fluid is a lighter brown. Differential fluid is also usually brown. Any leak could mean a major repair if not stopped quickly. Have an ASE certified technician check out any leaks as soon as they are spotted.