Vehicle maintenance is important. While it does cost money, and isn’t always in the budget, ignoring it causes even more problems. Vehicle owners should keep track of when regular maintenance needs to be done on their vehicles so that budgeting for them to be completed on time is possible.
Regular Maintenance Uncovers Potentially Major Problems
When items such as tune-ups and oil changes are ignored, it can lead to major problems occurring with your vehicle. Misfiring spark plugs and spark plug wires are known to cause stalling or the inability to even start the car when they are not changed regularly. It will also cause the vehicle to run improperly, making more systems such as the fuel system, sensors and other major systems inefficient.
Oil changes are important, even if they are performed at a less respected facility. Clean oil and clean oil filters help the engine to remain lubricated to run properly. It also helps to maintain proper fuel efficiency.
General maintenance also includes checking all of your vehicle’s fluid levels monthly. Letting any fluids run low such as transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid or antifreeze leaves those systems struggling and working harder to perform their job. If fluids, such as oil, coolant or transmission fluid, run completely dry, your engine can seize up and is essentially ruined. Once an engine seizes up, it is nearly impossible to repair it to working order again and total engine replacement is required.
Pay Attention for Warning Signs
Vehicles will give warning signs, in most cases, when one or more of its systems are going haywire. Some automotive parts stores have mechanisms to run a quick diagnostic test at no charge that will tell you what is wrong with the vehicle. It is important that you get these items fixed as quickly as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.
Common warning signs to listen/feel for:
- Engine revving or sounding sluggish when shifting
- Hesitation upon acceleration
These main warning signs let you know that your vehicle needs immediate attention.
Most major vehicle repair or vehicle maintenance shops offer special promotions. Sign up for email clubs and keep coupons that arrive in junk mail or newspapers. Saving even a small percentage on the maintenance helps tremendously. A properly maintained vehicle has less major breakdowns, thus saving you money on costly repairs. It also adds longevity to the vehicle’s lifespan and remains as a dependable mode of transportation.