Not rotating your tires can be a major cause of your tires needing to be replaced faster than you may have expected. It is recommended that you rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers or at the recommended times provided by the manufacturer.
Vehicle manufacturer’s today recommend oil change intervals anywhere from 6000 km to 15000 km. Your oil change interval depends on the type of vehicle you drive, the year of your vehicle and more. Contact us today to find out how often you should be changing your oil.
Quick lube stores have their place in the world, but you have to consider exactly what their role is. They primarily sell fluid changes, wiper blades, light bulbs and filters. These are all necessary service items. Going to a quick lube for an oil change when you’re in a pinch is better than no oil change at all.
But the problem with the quick lube is that you don’t get the trained eyes of a Technician looking at your car during each oil change. Since they don’t service CV joints, for example, they’re not apt to notice or tell you that a CV boot is cracked and should be replaced. (A CV joint is a type of universal joint used in the axle shafts of almost all front-wheel-drive cars.) Another example is your brake flex lines. A Technician will spot a swelled or cracked line and will recommend replacement to prevent a possible brake failure. If the above problems are caught early it not only saves you our valued client money, but most importantly improves your vehicle’s safety.
Going to a quick lube store is like going to your doctor and getting examined by the receptionist. The person that’s most qualified isn’t going to see you. The important thing is to find a shop that you trust and stick with them. Just as your doctor comes to know you and your medical history, by being loyal to one shop, the shop gets to know you, your car and its “medical” history. A shop can then check the entire history of your maintenance and repairs, saving both time and money in terms of diagnosis, maintenance and repairs.
No! You do not have to take your car to the dealer to maintain your warranty!
You DO NOT have to take you car back to the dealer in order to keep your warranty valid. It is in fact illegal for the dealer to tell you that. The owner’s manual spells out the maintenance required to maintain your warranty. As long as you follow the schedule in the owner’s manual for oil change intervals and other required service, the manufacturer cannot deny a warranty claim based on the work being done elsewhere. That is the law.
Many dealers have their own maintenance schedules that include services that are not required by the manufacturer. These services may include such things as fuel additives, engine oil additives, power steering fluid additives, and transmission fluid additives. Look at the owner’s manual and compare the dealer’s maintenance schedule to the one in your owner’s manual. If items appear in the dealer’s schedule that are not in the owner’s manual, that service is not required to maintain your warranty.
Unfortunately, on modern vehicles, a “tune-up” is almost anything you want it to be. Years ago, a “tune-up” was a fairly well defined procedure. Back in the days when cars had carburetors and distributors with points and condensers, a tune-up involved replacing the points, condenser, spark plugs, air filter, and possibly the distributor cap, rotor and ignition wires. The carburetor had mixture and idle speed adjustments that needed to be set, and the point dwell and ignition timing had to be adjusted. On many vehicles today, there are no carburetors, distributors, distributor caps, rotors or ignition wires, let alone points or condensers. So, if you come to our shop and ask for a tune-up, what are you going to get?
Oftentimes, a client will bring their vehicle to our shop and request a “tune-up” because the car is exhibiting some kind of symptom. This is a big red flag for a knowledgeable service advisor. If you ask for a “tune-up,” we are going to ask you why you think you need a “tune-up.” The reason is that if a “modern day tune-up” is defined as spark plugs and filters, chances are a “tune-up” it may not to fix the problem.
A “modern day tune-up” should be though of a maintenance and not as a cure for some problem. The reason we want to know why you want a “tune-up” is so that the technician are aware of any problems that you have that the requested “tune-up” may not fix. It makes for a bad situation if you request a “tune-up” and the shop does a “tune-up” and the problem that you thought would be fixed by a “tune-up” is not fixed. Once we understand the issue we will do a thorough investigation to determine and resolve the actual problem
When do you need a “tune-up?” If you think of a “tune-up” as maintenance, consider service intervals of 50,000km to be average. The best thing to do is just get the term “tune-up” out of your mind. If you meticulously follow your car's maintenance schedule with J. Petersen, you’ll never need to concern yourself with a “tune-up.”
That depends on what you mean by “last.” Is it possible for a spark plug to function for 150,000km? Under ideal conditions, yes. Spark plugs made with platinum or iridium coupled with today’s high output ignition systems may be able to create a spark sufficient to fire the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder for 150,000km . But , there may be some severe consequences to waiting for the 150,000km mark. One is the additional burden placed on the ignition system by worn spark plugs. An ignition system will only produce enough voltage to fire the spark plug, typically 5000 volts at idle to perhaps 15,000 volts under acceleration. Some modern ignition systems such as DIS (Distributorless Ignition Systems) or COP (Coil-On-Plug) systems can produce as much as 50,000 volts!
As a spark plug wears, the gap becomes wider and the electrodes more rounded. Both conditions require more voltage to create a spark. So, if your worn spark plug requires 40,000 volts to fire, the ignition system will do it. But producing that kind of voltage will take its toll on the ignition system. The question becomes, “Would you rather replace four, six or eight spark plugs at $15 each or four, six or eight ignition coils at $150 each?”
There’s an even greater reason to replace spark plugs before 150,000km. They have been known to seize in the cylinder head if left in that long. If that happens, you could be looking at a $2000 repair bill to remove the heads and replace the spark plugs. Will that happen to you? Maybe, maybe not. Are you willing to take that chance?
The 150,000km spark plug is nothing more than a 80,000km spark plug that the carmaker’s marketing department calls a 150,000km plug. It sounds impressive to say that their car doesn’t need a “tune-up” for 150,000km. It’s really a marketing driven claim, not one based on sound engineering. Manufacturers often add stipulations to the 150,000km interval that’s in the owner’s manual, but is often overlooked.
The most prudent thing to do is to replace standard spark plugs every 60,000km. Platinum and iridium plugs should be replaced every 80,000km.