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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the best thing I can do to help my vehicle last as long as possible and avoid costly repairs?

A: First, find a reliable, honest service garage you trust. Staying with one repair shop allows them to get to know your car and anticipate repairs. At a minimum, have them perform maintenance services as indicated in your owner’s manual and give you an overall evaluation of your vehicle at least twice a year or every oil change. Keeping a car does involve some cost and some things are unavoidable (like timing belts and brakes), but as a team you and your mechanic can help keep your vehicle safe and increase your vehicle’s longevity.

Q: With the increasing gasoline cost, how can I get the best fuel mileage possible?

A: Make sure your tires are properly inflated; replace your air and fuel filters every 15,000–20,000 miles if they are serviceable; and change your oil within the timeline set by the manufacturer in the owner’s manual.

Q: I’m confused – should I change my oil every 3,000, 5,000, or 10,000 miles? One of my vehicles owners’ manuals is advising me differently than my other vehicles owners’ manual.

A: This can be a very confusing subject and there isn’t one straight or fully correct answer. The owner’s manual gives you a minimal guideline for service and is a good guide for that particular vehicle. However, driving habits and driving conditions are different.

If, for example, you have a service interval set for every 10,000 miles and you are heading into the winter months at 8,000 miles, don’t hold off having a comprehensive servicing (check tires, front end, belts, hoses, fluid levels, coolant protection and battery). It will never hurt your vehicle to perform maintenance slightly earlier than recommended, but it can cost you more money in the long run if you neglect service work. Most major problems can be foreseen during regular service. 

Q: Do I need to replace my timing belt?

A: The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that you can avoid costly repairs by replacing the timing belt within the mileage range recommended by the manufacturer, or within 7 years. Most of today’s engines with timing belts are what we call interference engines; and simply put, if the timing belt breaks you can damage the cylinder head, pistons and rods…causing very costly repairs.

Q: Is there anything I can do to be safer for winter driving?

A: Plan ahead! My advice would be to have your vehicle completely looked over and serviced as needed before winter, and make sure your tires are safe for driving in snow and ice.

I would also advise keeping a survival kit in your vehicle. Items to include: flashlight & batteries, cell phone, basic first aid kit, extra blanket, non-perishable food, water, candle & matches and road flares.

To schedule an appointment for maintenance or repair, please call us at 603-763-4466.

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Springfield, NH
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        State inspections, manufacturer advised maintenance services, oil changes

     Tire mounting and balancing, tire repairs, tire sales

      Alignments (two and four wheel)

      Steering and suspension repairs

      Brake repairs and maintenance service

      Engine repair, tune ups, timing belts

      Air conditioning repair and recharge

     Cooling system repair and maintenance service

      Transmission maintenance service

      Electrical system diagnosis and repair

      Computer-related & fuel management diagnostics and repairs

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