Delongs Automotive Repair
Specializing in British Automotive Repair Since 1974

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FAQ's

How often do I need to change my oil?

Non-synthetic oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and synthetic oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles depending on the manufacturer. Oil gets contaminated from combustion gases that leak by the pistons and valves. These gases get recycled back to the intake and get burned again when the oil gets hot. It is important to know that in-town and extreme driving cycles will shorten the life of the oil and cause a faster build up of intake deposits. 

What is the tire pressure of my tires?

You should always set the tire pressure specs by the manufacturer’s pressure specs. They can be found in the owner’s manual, glove box door, and or the fuel door. In order to realize better mileage, tire wear, and vehicle handling, keep the tires inflated to the manufacturer’s suggested pressure.

How often should I check my anti-freeze?

Once a month is a terrific practice, and should carry over to a monthly check of all your vehicles fluids.

How long do spark plugs last?

This depends on the type of spark plugs that are in your car. Older cars (15-20 years old) are more likely to have standard plugs and they last 12,000-15,000 miles, newer models up to the year 2000 are platinum tipped and will last 30,000 miles. Some 2000 and newer have iridium tipped plugs and will go 90,000 to 100,000 miles.

Why are your oil changes more expensive than oil change only shops?

Delongs Automotive use only the best quality OEM parts or better. We are highly trained BAR certified technicians. We deliver professional, quality oil change services. With great frequency we’ve found that cars serviced by fast change lube shops have loose oil filters and drain plugs, as well as under or over filled crankcases. With Delongs Automotive you can feel confident that your oil service will be performed correctly, and to manufacturer’s specifications.

What is the difference between timing belts and timing chains?

Timing belts are rubber-toothed belts that drive the cam shaft on overhead camshaft engines (most common type manufactured today). Timing belts need to be replaced as a maintenance item, a good rule of thumb is every 60,000 miles. Timing chains can be found on both overhead cam engines and non-overhead cam engines; they are not a maintenance item and may go 200,000 miles or more before needing to be replaced.

Do I really need to do the water-pump when I do the timing belt?

Yes, you really should. Reason being, most cars require you to remove the water pump to get to the timing belt, and the major cost in replacing a water-pump is the labor involved in removing it, so, if it’s already out there is no reason to cheap out an not do it, the price of a water-pump is minimal compared to the damage and cost a bad water pump can lead to, i.e. severe engine damage.

Why should I do a pre-buy inspection on a car before I buy it? 

Pre-buy inspections are a fabulous tool for customers planning on purchasing a used vehicle, no one wants to buy a lemon. First off you are apprised with the full details of what “exactly” is wrong with the car. Second, a pre-buy inspection fully informs you, so you can make a more informed purchase decision. Third, you can go back to the seller and negotiate a better price with your findings, and documented inspection in-hand. Pre buy inspections are invaluable for both the purchase of a newer car as well as a classic car, newer cars do tend to have more computer related issues. 

If Delongs does my scheduled services will my manufacturer or dealer warranty be intact?

Yes, we can do all of your regular maintenance and service, keeping your factor warranty intact. However, the dealer must perform factory warranty and recall work. Only the dealer will complete this work at no expense to you. Delongs Automotive can perform any other work you may need. It makes sense you use the dealer when they are paying for the work, or it is "free" work.

What kind of warranty do I get?

Any work performed at Delongs Automotive receives a 90 days or 5000 mile warranty, whichever comes first. Warranties for restoration work shall be negotiated at time of service repair engagement.