Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I hear an intermittent noise from the front of my car. Do I need to worry about it?
Every noise should be checked by a qualified technician. Use your best judgment, if it sounds bad, get it checked right away. Quick action can save money.
Q. I have a leak under my car. How can I tell what is leaking?
The color of the fluid can give clues about what it might be. Coolant can be orange, green, and red. Oil frequently looks brown or black, transmission fluid is red or pink, power steering fluid is light brown and differential fluids are generally brown. Dependent on the type of leak, it could be a sign of trouble. Don't wait until it is too late!
Q. When should I rotate my tires?
Here at Steve's we like to rotate tires with every oil change. That way we can help ensure proper wear while extending the life of your tires and keeping you safe.
Q. Why are there different types of oils?
Synthetic oils are premium, engineered fluids that can provide greater lubrication while extending oil change intervals. Regular oils also provide lubrication while requiring a more frequent change.
Q. What is the difference between maintenance and safety?
Maintenance is preventive in nature. It is done to extend the life of vehicle components and avoid potential issues. Safety refers to components that directly affect the safe function of a vehicle.
Q. My engine light comes on, what should I do?
When you first start your car, all the dashboard lights will come on as a safety test. These lights will go off when the test is complete. If the engine light comes on after a test or sometime later, you need to have your vehicle checked. The check engine light is a warning from the on-board computer system. It could be a simple problem to fix, left alone it may become major, don't ignore this light!
Q. With the change of the season and the temperatures, do I need to have my car checked?
With the change of seasons and temperatures it is always a good idea to have your vehicle checked to make sure that it will function as designed in the cold or heat. Things like coolant, air conditioning, and batteries can all be greatly affected by this and should be checked.