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Mad Hatter Automotive in Downtown Cleveland receives numerous questions about car repairs, maintenance, and what to do in various situations. Some of our most common questions are answered below. Feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns.

What is considered preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance services keep your vehicle running and save you money on unnecessary repairs down the road. Many drivers put off maintenance services because they feel they don’t have the time or the money, but keeping up with them will extend the life of your car. These include oil changes, maintaining the right level of tire pressure, repairing any cooling protection issues, replacing the air filter, and replacing brake fluid.

What are the most common reasons why my car won’t start?

A car that won’t start is a frustration, but the source of the problem is usually not difficult to find. Mad Hatter Automotive in Cleveland fixes starting problems such as a faulty starter motor, dead battery, blown wiring, or a worn alternator. We’ll uncover the true cause of the problem and fix it quickly.

How often should I change the spark plugs?

Spark plugs last about 100,000 miles, but it is recommended that you replace them at 75,000 miles. It’s much easier to replace the spark plugs that to replace worn coils after waiting too long.

How can I keep my vehicle’s warranty in effect?

If you service your car at the intervals specified in your Owner’s Manual and keep accurate records, your warranty will stay valid. Feel free to ask the mechanics at Mad Hatter Automotive any questions on your warranty and which services you currently need.

How do I know if my car needs a tune-up?

A few indicators include a decrease in gas mileage, rough idling, or if your engine light comes on and you aren’t sure why it’s on. Tune-ups may be suggested at certain mileage intervals as well.