Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy snow tires?
On snowy roads nothing works like a snow tire. We put ourselves and our families in a vehicle that is safe because it is equipped with traction control, anti skid and anti lock brakes. Give the car what it needs to give you what you need, adhesion to the road. You might notice we have racks of tires here at O’Reilly’s. These are not tires for sale, they are seasonal tires that we store for our customers. For more information on the need for snow tires, please click here.

How often should I rotate my tires?
For even wear and longevity your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
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. Do you feel lucky?

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.
Some failures are more urgent than others. Stop by the shop and we’ll extract the trouble codes from your vehicle. At that time we can discuss the urgency and possible costs.
A flashing check engine light predictably means the fault has a good chance of damaging something, don’t wait on this one.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you will 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; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to the nearest, trusted auto repair facility.

When should I get my oil changed?
That depends on the vehicle, the type of oil you use, your driving habits, and your aversion to risk.