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Santa Monica Radiator

2014

FAQ
When does my car’s oil need changed?
Most manufacturers recommend an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles and 6 months
6,000 miles. Depending on the type of car you drive and the type of oil used in your car will
depend when you need an oil change. Ask us at Santa Monica Radiator for more detail about
your next oil change and we can check that for you.
Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?
Please refer to your car’s owners owner manual for the correct oil to be used or ask us here at
Santa Monica Radiator.
What is the primary cause of tire damage?
Although there are many things that can cause tire damage, improper inflation, improper
balancing, and non rotated tires are the main cause of tire damage to most vehicles.
How do I know when my car needs a tune up?
You may see your gas mileage decrease. Your vehicle may start running rough. If your check
engine light comes on that could also be an indicator that your vehicle needs a tune up. The
owner’s manual that came with your vehicle may suggest a tune up at a certain mileage.
When should I have my timing belt changed?
Depending on the vehicle a timing belt needs to be replaced between 60,000 and 120,000 miles.
When do I need to replace my belts and hoses?
If you can see cracks in your belts, it is time to have them replaced. We recommend replacing
your belts and hoses at least every three to four years.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Please refer to your
owner’s manual for the exact miles.
Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
YES. This can cause serious engine damaged if neglected, leaving you with a broken engine that
needs replacing.
What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?
When one of these sensors go off, for example the “check engine” light your car may seem to
run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.
Why is engine oil milky brown?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head
gasket (or other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This is a serious
condition and needs to be checked out immediately.
How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Santa Monica Radiator

2014

We can make sure your battery is charging and hold sufficient amount of charge before leaving
our shop.
When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
As your Santa Monica auto repair shop we recommend every 30,000 miles or as
recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace a fuse accordingly to the car specs.
Why does my brake pedal vibrate when I’m slowing down from freeway speeds?
The commonest cause is excessive warping of the brake rotor. This is due to improper tightening
of the actual wheels or wheel hubs which were not properly cleaned when the rotors were
installed following a brake job or roll rotation, or it could be a bad hub.
What is the tire pressure of my tires?
You should always set the tire pressure by the TIRE manufacturer’s pressure specs. They can be
found on the side of the tire. We say this because of better mileage, tire wear, and handling, run
the pressure at the maximum pressure.
How often do I check the anti-freeze? Does it need to be changed?
You should check the anti-freeze and the oil at least every time you go for routine maintenance.
Many people check their coolant every other gas fill-up on newer cars and every fill-up on older
high-mileage cars.
How long do spark plugs last?
This depends on the type of spark plugs that are with your car. Older cars (15-20 years old) are
more likely to have standard plugs and typically last 12, 000-15, 000 depending on the car Newer
models up to the year 2000 are platinum tipped and can last 30, 000 miles, again depending on
the car and type of spark plug used. Some 2000 and newer have iridium tipped plugs and can go
upwards of 60,000 miles or more.
Why is the radiator important?
The engine of the car produces a considerable amount of heat when in operation. Your vehicle is
equipped with a cooling system to aid prevent your car via becoming too hot. Liquid coolant is
produced through and around your engine to keep its vital components cool, and in the course of
action, this coolant becomes incredibly hot. The radiator was created to transfer the heat out of
this liquid to its metal coils, and then heat is dispelled through ventilation. If the radiator or any
cooling system component does not work, then the car can quickly overheat and damage your
engine. If you are experiencing a overhating car pull over immediately and call us at Santa
Monica Radiator. You will need to have your car towed because driving it can cause serious
damage to your engine. We are your local Santa Monica mechanic and we are here to help!


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