How to Know When Your Spark Plugs Need Changing

Spark plugs are meant to last a long time, but not a lifetime. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend having them changed between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. Ideally, your spark plugs should be inspected every 30,000 miles, so you have a heads-up when you may need maintenance. However, if you aren’t taking your car to Quanz Auto Body and your current mechanic isn’t keeping an eye out for you, then you may only know your spark plugs need changing because of tell-tale signs, like: Continue reading How to Know When Your Spark Plugs Need Changing

DIY Maintenance or the Pros?

When it comes to repairing your vehicle, it may be tempted to try and save a little cash by attempting DIY maintenance and repairs. The problem is the “What if?” What if you don’t do the maintenance or repair job right? That can lead to even pricier issues later down the road. So, the money you save and then some will be going to a professional mechanic to fix the bigger issue. Our advice: at least always consult with an ASE-certified mechanic…unless it’s one of these issues:

Maintenance Issues You Do NOT Want to Toy With

There are some maintenance or mechanical repairs that you should always leave to your ASE-certified technician at Quanz Auto Body: Continue reading DIY Maintenance or the Pros?

Your “Check Engine” Light is On. Now What?

It’s the moment every driver dreads. You are cruising along when you notice an illumination on your dashboard that wasn’t there before—it’s the “Check Engine” light. Now what do you do?

Common Reasons for “Check Engine” Warnings

First: don’t panic. There are dozens of reasons why your “Check Engine” light went on. Common diagnostic codes include: Continue reading Your “Check Engine” Light is On. Now What?

Why Did My Car Just Stop?

Man, rear view, checking engine of sports utility vehicle beside rural road

You’re driving along without a problem, and then there’s something that warns you—a shudder in the engine, a check light going on—but it doesn’t show up soon enough. Before you know it, your car has just stopped and you can’t get it running again. What could’ve happened? We’ll give you a few basic problems that can cause engine stalling. Continue reading Why Did My Car Just Stop?

The Most Ignored Warning Sign

“Oh, it’s just malfunctioning. Nothing’s wrong.”

How often have you heard someone say that—or said it yourself—when the “check engine” light is on? It’s the most commonly dismissed warning sign a car gives. Ignoring it can cost you thousands in repairs or even mean buying a new car. What does the “check engine” light mean? What systems does it cover? Continue reading The Most Ignored Warning Sign