Mastermind Enterprises Tips & Advice
What does it mean if my "check engine light" or "service engine soon light" comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle's engine performance and emissions. When one of these sensors or components fail, the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed right away to prevent long-term problems or damage to your vehicle.
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When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual. Get a 5,000 Mile Oil Change at Mastermind Enterprises in Denver!
How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.
Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt or timing chain at the recommended interval?
YES!! The failure of a timing belt or timing chain in many vehicles can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt or timing chain is much greater than the cost of a timing belt or timing chain replacement. Most timing belt or timing chain replacements can be done with same day service in our shop. Get your Timing Belt Checked at Mastermind Enterprises in Denver!
What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to an auto repair shop.
What is that milky brown engine oil?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician as soon as possible.
What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.
When should I replace my car's fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car's fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual.
When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.
When should I change my shocks and struts?
For maximum performance, safety and tire wear, your shocks or struts should be replaced every 50,000 miles. Your shocks and struts increase the ride comfort and braking distance of your vehicle.
I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to "blow," you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.
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