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Why is engine oil milky brown?

Check Oil - Sealy, TX

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (or other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately.

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When should I get my oil changed?

Oil Change - Sealy, TX

You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual.

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What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

Engine Overheating - Sealy, TX

This is a very serious problem - if your car 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; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to the nearest, trusted auto repair facility.

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What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?

Check Engine - Sealy, TX

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 car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.

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Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?

Timing Belt - Sealy, TX

YES. 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.

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