Dale's Transmissions of Chico, CA
Chico, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When should I change my transmission fluid?
Every 30,000 miles or sooner as recommended in your vehicles owners manual.

Q. What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?
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.

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

Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
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 as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to Dale’s Transmissions.

Q. When should I get my engine oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 6000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

Q. What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.

Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.

Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

Q. My dash has a warning light on, what does that mean?
There is a wide variety of warning lights from the different manufacturers of vehicles. Even if the car seems to be driving normally, a warning light is not to be ignored. Your on-board computer system is telling you there is a problem in the system. Taking action and getting the problem diagnosed and repaired early, can save you from a major repair.

Q. I see an oil leak, can it wait to get repaired?
A leak from your transmission requires immediate attention. The transmission fluid is vital to keep your transmission running cool and to keep the internal parts lubricated and running smoothly. If you see more than a “softball” size puddle under your car, call us first before driving it any further. Catching and fixing a leak on your transmission can save you a major repair.

Q. My car won’t move, do I need an overhaul?
If when you put the car in gear and nothing happens, it is certainly a sign that there is a problem with your transmission. Because many transmissions are controlled by computer electronics, it does not mean an overhaul or replacement transmission is the solution.

Q. Should I repair or replace the transmission?
Deciding on which would be better for you depends on what is wrong with the transmission you have. If your transmission can be repaired with a minor repair or overhaul it can be more cost effective than replacing your transmission. We help you make the best choice possible after we inspect your transmission.