How often should I change my oil?MidasRegular oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, synthetic oil every 5,000 miles. Be proactive about checking your oil; once a month is good maintenance practice.
How often should I change the timing belt on my car?MidasIt's best to refer to the owner's manual for exact mileage details regarding timing belt maintenance. Timing belts are made of rubber and should be considered a regularly scheduled maintenance item. If you are unsure of the need to replace the timing belt, we recommend consulting the mechanic for a diagnosis. Additionally, some vehicles have timing chains instead of timing belts. They are not considered a maintenance item like the timing belt (as they are made of metals) and may last up to 200,000 miles before needed replacement.
What can I do if my car overheats?MidasIf you are driving at normal highway speed and the vehicle starts to overheat, turn off the air conditioner, pull over to the shoulder. The odds are if the vehicle starts to overheat at highway speed, there is a problem in the cooling system such as low coolant, a clogged radiator or a broken drive belt or burst hose. Once at the shoulder, shut off the engine, open the hood and let the engine cool down for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once any over boiling stops and the engine has cooled, look for obvious signs of trouble. DO NOT attempt to open the radiator cap unless the engine is off and the top of the radiator is cold. If there is no noticeable problem such as a broken drive belt or burst hose, you can then add a coolant/water mixture to the radiator or overflow reservoir, then start the vehicle and drive slowly to a service facility.
Do I need to take my car to the dealer for regular maintenance work in order to maintain my car at full performance?MidasNo, you don't. However, it is important that the right maintenance culture is applied on your vehicles, it is important to keep a record of all maintenance work performed.