The most commonly asked questions and there answers.
I have a new car; do I need to take it to a dealership for maintenance in order to keep my warranty valid?
No! Forget all about that old myth. As long as you follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer (which can be found in your owner’s manual), your warranty is valid. At Albion Auto, we always follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. We’ll make sure your warranty remains valid and your car remains running like new – for many years to come!
How often do I need an oil change?
While some vehicles need an oil change every 5000 Km, others only require this service every 10,000 or even 15,000 Km. It’s best to refer to your owners manual for recommended oil change intervals. Albion Auto follows the manufacturer’s recommended schedule to make sure your car gets exactly what it needs to stay in top shape. Even if your vehicle requires a longer interval between oil changes you may still need to change out air filters, fuel filters and check fluid levels. A good rule of thumb is to get your vehicle serviced twice yearly.
Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
Yes! The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.
How often do I need a tune up?
Most manufacturers recommend around 100,000 km, but this varies from vehicle to vehicle and manufacturer to manufacturer. We can look up what is recommended specifically for your vehicle to ensure it stays properly maintained.
What kinds of cars do you repair? Does car make or model matter?
Albion Auto is a complete automotive repair center that provides service for all foreign and domestic cars and trucks. This includes service to all aspects of the car such as the engine, emission system, brakes, tires, etc. In addition to servicing privately owned vehicles, we also welcome commercial and fleet vehicles.
Do I really need winter tires?
Yes. Only winter tires are designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and ice. Recent advancements in electronic driver aids, such as ABS and traction control don’t provide more traction. They only help prevent drivers from over braking or overpowering the available traction of their tires. The only thing the driver can do to increase traction, to actually get more grip and control, is to install winter tires.
What does it mean if my “check engine” 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 fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems. Also if the engine light is “flashing” it means there is damage being done to the catalytic convertor and you should have it checked asap.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Most manufacturers recommend you rotate your tires every 10,000 Km.
My car smells funny but it is running fine, should I be worried?
The moment your vehicle begins emitting an odor, it is time to bring it into the shop. There are certain smells that mean different things and can signal almost anything. From a stuck brake caliper and overheated engine to a leak in the fuel system or an electrical short.