Q. My “Check Engine” light is on, is it safe to drive?
A. Today’s vehicles have become more efficient and sophisticated in the last 15 years. computer controls, monitors and sensors have become increasingly durable and dependable than the first electronic designs of the mid 70’s and early 80’s. The check engine light should not be neglected. Decreased fuel economy, decreased engine performance and increased exhaust emissions are the usual result of glowing check engine light. Although your vehicle is safe to drive with an illuminated check engine lamp, it is in your best interest , and your vehicles benefit, to have the cause of a check engine light be diagnosed by a qualified technician.
Q. What is a timing belt and how often should it be replaced?
A. The timing belt keeps the internal moving parts of the engine working in sync with each other. Consider as an example, the chain on your bike. If the chain breaks or falls off, your transportation mode is lost. You can pedal all you want and not go anywhere. Your timing belt is similar. Your engines reciprocating pistons must move in conjunction with the opening and closing of your intake and exhaust valves. If your timing belt breaks, the valves cease to open and close, yet when you engage the ignition switch, the starter motor will crank the engine over, just like your legs pedal the bike pedals. Consult with your technician when yours should be replaced
Like real estate and relationships, cars require upkeep. If you neglect to change the oil, ignore the check-engine light or skip routine servicing, you're setting yourself up for a rude — and expensive — awakening. According to the president of CarMD which has an extensive database of the most common and expensive check-engine-related automotive repairs, the key is to diagnose your car's problems early: "You've got to tackle it; address it when it's small, before it escalates."