FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I put full synthetic oil in my car if it calls for SW-30/JLU-20 synthetic blend?

Can I put full synthetic oil in my car if it calls for SW-30/JLU-20 synthetic blend?

Yes, you can always put in a higher quality of oil than your car requires, just never put in a lower quality.

If I have to replace one tire on an AWD vehicle, do I have to replace all 4?

If I have to replace one tire on an AWD vehicle, do I have to replace all 4?

Yes it is highly recommended to have exact or nearly exact tread depths on all 4 wheels as to not damage the differential. Unless you’re able to find an exact match to your current tires, which can be very difficult, we suggest investing in all new tires.

Should I add Dry Gas to my tank in the Winter?

Should I add Dry Gas to my tank in the Winter?

Not necessary. The gas that you buy at the gas station already has ethanol added to it which keeps the gas from freezing down to -10 degrees and lower. Dry gas is very expensive, and while it does work, it is not necessary.

My Check Engine light is on, will this affect passing VT Inspection?

My Check Engine light is on, will this affect passing VT Inspection?

Probably. Vermont State Inspection is a safety and emissions test. That’s why dash warning lights are a flag – a “check engine” light indicates an emissions problem.

How often should I change my oil?

How often should I change my oil?

It depends on the car and what kind of oil it calls for. Generally a regular synthetic blend calls for a change every 3,000-4,000 miles whereas a full synthetic only requires a change every 5,000-6,000 miles.

Why do I have to pay for diagnostics separate from the job being done?

Why do I have to pay for diagnostics separate from the job being done?

We don’t want to make a repair without being sure what the problem is, and that takes time. As the techs are professionals, they must be payed for their time.

Do premium parts really matter?

Do premium parts really matter?

If you are planning on keeping your car for more than a year, use premium parts. We always recommend them because they last longer, have fewer problems and failures and save you more in the long run on labor.

When should I change my timing belt and is it recommended to do the water pump at the same time?

When should I change my timing belt and is it recommended to do the water pump at the same time?

It varies between different models of cars, some timing belts need to be changed every 100,000 miles or sooner. Replacing the water pump at the same time is recommended, as it saves you labor costs and is good preventative maintenance.

Why is harder to start my car when it’s cold?

Why is harder to start my car when it’s cold?

Because batteries work by a chemical reaction which is slowed when it’s cold.

Is it easy enough to replace head and tail lights myself?

Is it easy enough to replace head and tail lights myself?

Many headlight and taillight bulbs are relatively easy to replace yourself (although some are hard even for us and these should be done by us to prevent damage to your car). If you want to save a few bucks, stop at an auto parts store and do it yourself. Just remember not to touch halogen bulbs with your bare fingers. The oil on your fingers will cause these bulbs to explode when it heats up. Jeeze!