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Wray Automotive provides all the Tips & Advice you need to care for your vehicle. We also help you make a sound decision on when it’s time to bring your vehicle in for service. Learn more about your auto care needs here!

Tips & AdviceHow often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change or every 5,000 miles. Ignoring to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer recommended interval?
Absolutely. When a timing belt fails, this can cause significant damage to the engine. The cost to repair an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement. It’s best to follow manufacturer recommendations and avoid neglect.

What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?
This typically means that a sensor or computerized component that manages your vehicle’s performance has failed, which typically will turn on the “check engine” light. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue looked at to prevent any long-term problems or failure of emission tests that may occur down the road.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
Overheating is something to take very seriously – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as you detect an overheated engine, look for a safe place to pull off the road and shut off the engine! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can explode and burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop where a trained mechanic can assess the issue.

When should I get my oil changed?
Newer vehicles can typically run longer than the standard 3,000 miles before getting an oil change, however these vehicles run on high-end synthetic oils. As a safeguard, you should learn what type of oil your vehicle is running on and consult your mechanic. On average, it’s best 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 quite serious and without delay, needs to be checked by a professional technician.

How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
It’s best to have your battery cables and its terminals cleaned and inspected to ensure they provide the needed electrical connection to run effectively.

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.

When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
To help maximize dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs.

What should I do when I need to replace a burned out fuse?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage, which is printed on the fuse and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

More Tips & Advice

Winter tips for roadside emergencies and how to be prepared…

  • When traveling long distances, check weather reports prior to leaving Before your trip, always let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival. It’s always safe to delay your trip if bad weather occurs.
  • If you have a cell phone, always bring it with you in case of an emergency. Pull over to the side of the road when you know it’s safe to make a call. If you belong to a motor club or roadside assistance service, keep their number or card in within reach. To be safe, pack blankets, gloves, a hat or knitted cap, food, water and any necessary medication. A handy duffle bag can do the trick to store these items in your trunk.
  • It’s recommended to keep at least a half tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times, especially during the winter if you become stranded. Usually fill your tank when your fuel gauge reaches a quarter tank.
  • In extreme conditions such as severe snow storms, always stay in your vehicle. By staying inside, it can shelter you from the worst elements. Leaving your vehicle in worse case conditions with blowing snow and blizzards, you can easily lose track of it.
  • Try not to overexert yourself if you’re pushing your way out of snow.
  • Always make sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged or blocked by ice, snow or mud. Carbon monoxide can leak into the vehicle and be deadly if there’s a blocked exhaust.
  • Tie a bright piece of cloth to your antenna or in a rolled up window. This will help rescuers find you. At night, turn on a dome light, with a healthy in-check battery, this will last you hours and can act as a distress signal.
  • Use whatever you can to keep warm. You can insulate your body with maps, newspaper, extra clothing, floor mats and so on. If you curl into a ball, make sure you don’t cut off any circulation because if there’s no heat in your vehicle, not being able to feel your limbs can result in severe damage.
  • If it’s possible, run the engine and heat just long enough to remove a chill then shut it off to conserve your fuel.
  • Always perform maintenance checks or have your vehicle inspected. Make sure your vehicle is running healthy and strong to eliminate future problems while on the road. Call us today for an appointment to ensure your vehicle is running at it’s best.

Follow these simple recommendations and start saving fuel every time you drive…

  • Be sure to tighten up your gas cap. By not clicking shut or fully tightening the gas cap means your fuel can escape through a loose cap! Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the car care council. Make sure to tighten up your gas cap each time you fuel up your vehicle.
  • Park in the shade. Those hot summer days with the sun beating down harshly can make the inside of your vehicle feel like a sauna which in turn can also zap fuel from your gas tank.
  • Got a garage that has no room for a vehicle? Clear it out and make room. Just like parking in the shade, also parking in your garage will help your automobile stay cool in the summer so you won’t guzzle gas by having that air conditioner cool it down before you start driving. As for the winter, just imagine not having to go out and scrape windows. Using your defroster to clear those windows burns fuel faster from your vehicle.
  • Remember to pump up your tires. Driving on under inflated tires wears down your tires more quickly and they also lower your vehicle’s gas mileage.
  • Be serious about auto care regarding your vehicle. Don’t cheat maintenance, your vehicle’s performance depends on it.

When you visit your doctor, you have to describe your symptoms before you can find out what’s wrong. Well, consider this like taking your car to a doctor. This information will help us diagnose your car’s problem and get your car to feeling better.

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