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 at the manufacturer-recommended intervals?
YES. The failure of a timing belt in many fleet vehicles 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.
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 or failure of emission tests.
What should I do if my truck starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem. If your truck overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. Find a safe place to pull off the road and shut off the engine as soon as possible. Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your truck towed to a repair shop.
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. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that is capable of extended mileage changes.
What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oils are made of artificial materials. They 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 fleet vehicle’s fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, Xcel recommends you replace your vehicle’s fuel filter every oil change or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
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.