Today’s cars last longer than ever before, especially if you take good care of them. Here are some tips and things to do to avoid costly auto repairs.
Pay Attention to Routine Maintenance
Routine maintenance needs are a little different for each car, so we suggest that you consult your owner’s manual. Follow the guidelines for what to do and when. That should keep you ahead of many potential issues.
Change the Oil and Oil Filter Routinely
Oil is the lifeblood of your car engine. Proper lubrication keeps all the components functioning optimally. When you have an oil change done, also check that all fluids are topped off. If you notice a fluid is continuously running low, have it checked by your local mechanic.
Rotate the Tires
Rotating your tires, along with proper tire inflation, is the best way to keep even wear and make your tires last longer. Always look at the tires for odd wear patterns, as that could signify a larger problem looming.
Change Coolant, Brake, Transmission, Power Steering and Other Fluids
All the fluids used in your car break down over time. If you don’t change fluids before they stop being effective, that can lead to more major problems. These fluids are working under extreme pressure and heat. It is better to complete a brake flush than to have expensive system components become corroded.
Replace the Spark Plugs
Bad spark plugs cause misfires and rough-running engines. This can also impact acceleration, gas mileage and lead to a stalling engine.
Replace Timing Belts and Water Pumps
In most cases, these replacements should be done at the 100,000-mile mark.
How to Save on Auto Maintenance Costs
We all want to avoid costly auto repairs, but is is smart to invest in maintenance for your car. There are many ways to budget for repairs and we all have different budget situations.
A great way to save money when performing routine maintenance or repairs is to check to see if items can be combined in one repair. For instance, if you are replacing the timing belt, do the water pump at the same time and maybe other belts.
If you can’t do more than one thing at a time, ask your mechanic to prioritize the combination for you so that you understand the cost, safety and possible implications of putting off a needed service. Then you can make the best decisions for your situation.Tags: