frequently asked questions
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 10,000 KM. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of
premature tire wear.
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. It is necessary to replace in every
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.
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
You should get your oil changed every 10,000 km. or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
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.
Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Or for vehicles that
are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates.
Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy and provide longer
intervals between changes.
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 50,000 km or
as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or
30,000 km, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.
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.
Brake fluid should change every 30,000 km or in every two years.
Transmission fluid should change in every 60,000 km.
A/c filter and air filter should change every service or every 3 months.
Many things in your vehicle break down naturally over time, including your oil and filters. Getting these replaced once
a year will ensure your vehicle is ready to be driven whenever you need it. Modern engines are extremely complex
and tricky to repair, so a yearly service will prove a worthy investment in reliability, resale value and cheaper
maintenance down the line.
Brakes are one of those things people consistently get overcharged on, with many workshops replacing brakes too
soon and too often in the pursuit of a quick buck. On most modern cars, there’s a dash light that indicates when
your brake pads need replacing. On older cars, the pads will emit a high-pitched squeal. Any time before that, your
brakes are probably fine
Don’t fret! Just like the workout you missed, we can get you back on track and your car back into a healthy cycle.
While missing a service isn’t ideal, the best thing you can do is to address the elephant in the room and get your
service done ASAP. The longer you leave it, the more likely you are to encounter problems with your car down the
The best place to find this information is on the side of your tyre sticker or in your vehicle handbook (usually on the
inside of the driver’s door pillar). It can be a little difficult to read, but your tire sticker will always advise on the
correct PSI for the road conditions and driving style the tyre is supposed to be used for.
As a side note, keeping the tyres at the right pressure will ensure your vehicle drives as well as it can and save you
fuel. As a general rule of thumb, we’d recommend a pressure of 30-32 PSI for daily road use, provided you’re
If you can’t find any duct tape to hide the light, we recommend addressing the issue immediately. Check Engine lights
can come on for a wide variety of reasons, some more seriously than others. Like most reputable
mechanics, Spares box Service can use a computer system to diagnose any engine issue that will be causing the
light. While this may incur a small fee, having a proper diagnostic test performed will ensure you’re addressing the
root of the issue, saving you time and money in the long run.
There’s a huge range of oil out there, and it can all seem a little daunting at times. As a rule, always go by your
vehicle’s handbook to ensure that you’re getting the right grade of oil for your car’s engine to perform at its best.
After this, it’s simply a matter of getting the best quality oil you can afford.We generally recommend using fullysynthetic oils as much as possible, particularly in modern engines that run at far higher stress and go through oil at a
higher rate. These oils are far more stable under extreme heat and stress than mineral or semi-synthetic oils, meaning
they’re better equipped to protect your engine and ensure its running as efficiently as it can.
Absolutely! Many workshops offset the cost of providing cheaper services by using low-quality parts that are far
inferior to what you’d get from either the manufacturer or a more renowned mechanic. Ensuring you’re using high
quality filters, oil, sensors and brakes will ensure that not only your car runs as reliably as possible in the long run, but
in some cases, it will make your driving experience far more pleasant and more safe.
Always. Sparesbox has established relationships with suppliers that we KNOW manufacture parts to Original
Equipment (OE) standards. This means that every part Sparesbox either sells online or fits as part of a service has
been tested and manufactured by the leading suppliers, designed to perform perfectly in your vehicle.
‘OEM’ (Original Equipment Manufacturer) refers to parts that have been sourced either directly from the
manufacturer of your car, or the company that supplies the factory parts for that manufacturer.
‘OE’ stands for ‘Original Equipment’. Any part with this label means that it fits, performs and lasts to the exact same
standards as the original parts put in your car at the factory.