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Commonly Asked Auto Repair Questions and Answers

Q. Do you work on foreign vehicles?

A. Yes, we work on foreign vehicles.

Q. Do you work on domestic vehicles?

A. Yes, we work on domestic vehicles.

Q. How often should I have my oil changed?

A. The answer is different for everyone. Oil change frequency varies depending on your specific vehicle and individual driving habits. The auto repair industry recommends oil change service every 3 months or 3,000 miles for convential oils and every 6 months or 7,500 miles for full synthetic oils, but your owner's manual provides recommendations on oil change frequency for your specific vehicle based on the manufacturer's recommendations.

Q. How do I know when I need new brakes?

A. If you hear a scraping sound, you need to have your brakes inspected immediately. It is best to have your brakes inspected during routine maintenance of your vehicle.

Q: What is a STAR Smog Check?

Answer: If you received your DMV auto renewal notice and discovered that it says “Smog Certification required at a STAR Station,” then you are in one of the following three categories.
  • Gross polluter: Vehicles that have failed a previous smog inspection with high emissions readings.
  • High emitter profile vehicles: These are vehicle types designated by the BAR to have a higher than average chance of failing the smog inspection.
  • Random checks: This is a random selection from the pool of all vehicles registered in California and being driven on public roadways.

Q. How often does my car need a wheel alignment?

A. Manufacturers recommend checking and/or adjusting the alignment once a year. Proper wheel alignment improves handling, reduces tire wear and saves fuel.
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