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Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Frequently Asked Automotive Questions


At Larsen’s Auto Repair, we like to ensure that our customers are confident and well-informed about their vehicles, so we want to provide a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help you better understand your car’s care needs.



How much air should I put in my tires?



This question is easily answered by checking on your driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual. Every car has a recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) which tells you how much air your tires should have within them at all times.

The average tire pressure recommendation is usually between 30 and 35 PSI, but it’s always best to use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure and make sure that your PSI matches your manufacturer's recommended pressure level.



How do I know when I need a tune-up?



Tune-ups are done to secure your car’s long-term health by inspecting the vehicle’s engine components and installing new parts when necessary. If you’re not sure whether your car needs a tune-up soon, check:

  • Your owner’s manual. This manual may suggest tune-ups to be completed at certain mileages.

  • Gas consumption. If your car seems to be going through gas faster than usual, it may be time to have your vehicle looked at.

  • Engine lights. Nothing is worse than driving down the highway and seeing your dash lit-up with all sorts of warnings. Get your car in quickly to check-out the problem.

  • Vehicle activity. Does it seem like your car is running worse than usual? Is it having a hard time starting? It’s probably time to get it checked-out.



Should I Take My Car to a Dealership or a Repair Shop?



Dealerships tend to be a bit more pricey than local auto-repair businesses, but are often useful if you have a newer car and want to take advantage of the dealership’s free servicing.

By taking your car to a local auto-repair shop like Larsen’s Auto Repair, you’re guaranteed a more personalized auto service with experienced mechanics at a lower price.



My Air Conditioning Smells. What Should I Do?



If you notice strange smells coming from your car’s air conditioner, the problem is most likely a dirty or old conditioning filter. Visit Larsen’s Auto Repair for a full A/C system check today.



What is the Difference Between Synthetic and Conventional Motor Oil?



Compared to conventional motor oils, synthetic oil provides greater protection, cleanliness and efficiency for your engine.

  • Protection - As oil is used as a protective barrier between engine components, synthetic oil’s additives help to improve the oil’s ability to protect the engine parts against wearing.

  • Cleanliness - The synthetic oil’s unique blend of molecules contain fewer impurities, reducing sludge within your engine.

  • Efficiency - Synthetic oil flows more quickly than conventional oil, thus protecting your car faster after starting-up.



Does Larsen’s Auto Repair Offer Towing Services?



While we don’t do the towing ourselves, Larsen’s Auto Repair is happy to help find a tow to get your car into our shop quickly and safely. Call our service representative today for more information on towing.





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