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B&T Tips

Following are tips about service straight from the staff of B&T.

The single most important thing a vehicle owner can do to build the foundation for a trouble-free vehicle is changing the oil and oil filter. There are many different thoughts on oil change intervals but one fact can not be disputed. Changing your oil too often will never hurt your engine, but not changing it enough certainly will. We suggest the following intervals based on driving in and around the Baltimore Washington area:

 

The single most important thing a vehicle owner can do to build the foundation for a trouble-free vehicle is changing the oil and oil filter. There are many different thoughts on oil change intervals but one fact can not be disputed. Changing your oil too often will never hurt your engine, but not changing it enough certainly will. We suggest the following intervals based on driving in and around the Columbus, Ohio area:

Using a regular mineral-based multigrade oil: change every 3000 miles*
Using a semi-synthetic multigrade oil: change every 3-4000 miles*
Using a full synthetic multigrade oil: change every 6000 miles*

*Oil should be changed every 6 months if recommended mileage is not reached in that time.

The rest of the fluids are also very important to trouble-free driving. Brake fluid, engine coolant (anti-freeze), transmission/transaxle/differential fluid, power steering fluid, all perform their respective functions when kept clean. In most cases, a flush or exchange of each fluid is all it takes to keep the components in good working order for many miles.


Timing belts (for vehicles equipped with them) are one of the most forgotten maintenance items of all. Unless an owner has read the maintenance schedule in their owner's manual, or had previous experience with a timing belt, they probably don't know this item exists. It is totally covered and can not be seen without making a special effort to do so. When a Timing Belt breaks, the engine stops running on the spot, and very often internal engine damage occurs. Each vehicle model has a published recommended mileage interval for replacement of its timing belt. It can be found in your owner's manual or contact us for this information.


Belts and hoses is another area with varying opinions as to when replacement is necessary. Our feeling is that there is no rule of thumb due to the variety of driving conditions different vehicles are exposed to. One person drives their car around the local community, to and from the store, with an occasional trip out of town. They may accumulate 30,000 miles in 4 or 5 years of driving. The next person is on the road for work 5 days a week logging 30,000 miles in one year. The belts and hoses are stressed in totally different ways, so we suggest having them checked and replaced as needed.


Check back to our service tips page from time to time for new information. As always, if you have a question, feel free to contact us anytime. We will be happy to answer any and all inquires.

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