Sparks Car Care


   
 

Hours:
Monday- Friday
  8 am - 6 pm



How long will the repairs take?
Our Service Advisor will give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete the repairs to your vehicle. Estimation of time depends on the extent of the repairs needed.

Can I get a ride home when I drop off my car?
Yes. We want your visit to be a positive experience. We provide a pickup, as well as delivery service with a 5 mile radius with a $2.00 each way fuel surcharge.

Do you provide a rental car if needed?
Yes. We can arrange a vehicle through several convenient local rental agencies such as Avis, Enterprise and Hertz. Some will even bring the rental car to you, the customer, when you drop your vehicle off at our shop for repairs. Their requirements are you must be over 25 years of age and have a credit card for charges.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We gladly accept cash, money order, Visa, and Master Card.

How often should I change my car’s oil?
Although with progressing technology, manufacturers are extending the recommended oil change intervals. We still recommend that you change your oil every 3 months or 3000 miles to keep your engine running properly.

How often should I have my car’s wheels aligned?
Always follow your manufacturers recommendation outlined in your owner’s manual. In general, wheels should be aligned every 10,000 miles or once a year.

What is the difference between rebuilt and remanufactured?
Rebuilding is the process of restoring a part to its original state before failure. Remanufacturing is the process of replacing all of the components of a part to make it like new.

How often should l check my anti-freeze?
Checking the anti-freeze as well as all other fluids is very important for proper vehicle maintenance. Once a month is good practice.

How long do spark plugs last?
That really depends upon the type of spark plugs that are in your vehicle. Vehicles 15 years old or older are more likely to have standard plugs with approximate life expectancy of 12,000 - 15,000 miles. Newer vehicles up to model year 2000 are usually platinum-tipped, lasting approximately 30,000 miles. Lastly, some 2001 and newer models come with iridium-tipped plugs which could last up to 90,000 miles.

How often should I change the timing belt on my car?
It'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, contact us 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 needing replacement.

Will it hurt my engine if I drive my car when the check engine light is on?
It is possible but not too likely, unless the light is flashing. However, you do need to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible. You may see a decrease in performance.


            

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