Frequently Asked Questions
How often should P.M. my truck?
Your truck should have a preventative maintenance service every 3 months or 6,000* miles which ever occurs first.
*Mileage interval varies with engine manufactures, consult your owner’s manual
Why should I do Preventative Maintenance Services?
Proper maintenance of your vehicle will not only help it last longer, but will help prevent possible breakdowns and downtime. It also helps to satisfy FMCSA:396.3
When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 6,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. (as part of a P.M. Service)
How often do I have to have a FHWA DOT Inspection?
The Federal Highway Administration requires all commercial motor vehicles with a GVW of 10,000 lbs or more to have an annual Safety Inspection every twelve months. FMSCA:396.17
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 vehicle may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.
What should I do if my engine starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem – if your engine 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 vehicle towed to a repair shop.
How often do I need an Opacity Smoke Test?
In the state of New Jersey, Every time you renew your vehcile’s registration you will need to have an opacity test done. Every diesel powered CMV with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 18,000 pounds (manufactures build weight, not registered weight) Must have an opacity test with in 90 days of the registration renewal month. (renewal month counts as the first 30 days)
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, cracked cylinder head, a failed transmission cooler, failed oil cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.
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.
What do I do when my “ABS” light comes on?
When the “ABS” light comes on it means that the onboard ABS computer has detected a problem in the system. When the light is on the ABS system becomes inoperable and should be check by a qualified technician as soon as possible.
When should I replace the fuel filter?
We recommend replacing fuel filters when you have a Preventative Maintenance service done. Fuel filters should also be replaced prior to colder weather.
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.
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.