Fountain Hills Arizona Frequently Asked Auto Repair Quesitons | FAQ by Airpark Auto Clinic
How much will it cost to fix my car?
It depends on the complexity of the repair. What does it mean when
my check engine light come on? Usually it is an emission related
How long will it take to fix my car?
Normally one day on most repairs.
How often should my transmission be services?
On older cars every 20,000 miles, newer cars every 40,000.
When does my car need and alignment?
At least every year.
What does it mean when my brakes squeek?
Could be worn out or to hard brake material.
What is best for my car, regular oil or synthetic oil?
Older cars standard oil, newer cars synthetic oil.
How often should my tire pressure be checked?
Every 30 days.
What should I do if my engine starts to overheat?
Turn on your heater, it has another fan and little radiator that
will help cool your engine, until you can stop and let it cool down
and can inspect the cooling system.
How often should I change my oil?
Regular oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, synthetic oil every
5,000 miles. Be proactive about checking your oil, once a month
is good maintenance practice.
What should the tire pressure be on my car?
The tire pressure should always be set by the tire manufacturer’s
suggested PSI (pound per square inch) pressure specs. The specs
can be found on the side of your tire. Properly inflated tires will
give you better gas mileage, tire wear, and over all handling of
How often should I check my anti-freeze?
Checking the anti-freeze as well as all other fluids is very important
for proper vehicle maintenance; again once a month is good practice.
How long do spark plugs last?
That really depends upon the type of spark plugs that are in your
vehicle. Vehicles 15 years old or older are more likely to have
standard plugs with approximate life expectancy of 12,000-15,000
miles, newer model vehicles up to 2000 are usually platinum tipped,
lasting approximately 60,000 - 100,000 miles. Lastly, some 2001
and newer model vehicles come with iridium tipped plugs which could
lat up to 90,000 miles.
How often should I change the timing belt on my car?
Best to refer to the owner's manual for exact mileage details regarding
timing belt maintenance. Timing belts are made of rubber and should
be considered a regularly scheduled maintenance item. If you are
unsure of your need to replace the timing belt we recomend consulting
the mechanic for a diagnosis. Additionally, some vehicles have timing
chains instead of timing belts, they are not considered a maintenance
item like the timing belt (as they are made of metal) and may last
up to 200,000 miles before needing replacement.
Why should I do a pre-buy inspection on a car before I buy it?
When purchasing a pre-owned vehicle it is extremely important know
exactly what you are getting yourself into. You don't want to end
up with a lemon and get more than you bargained for.
Airpark Auto Clinic can provide you with a thorough pre-buy inspection.
We check for body damage which may invisible to the untrained eye,
covered by bondo and paint. We inspect the vehicle's mechanical
soundness by checking the engine, drivetrain, belts, hoses, and
search for oil leakes.
we do a comprehensive safety check including break and lights testing,
suspension examination, as well as frame examination for damage
No one wants surprises after the purchase of a new used vehicle.
An additional benefit to the pre-buy inspection is the fact finding
sheet that you will be armed with when negotiating a final sale
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