The life of your car will last longer if you take good care and treat it well. Neglecting your car may seem harmless for now or maybe you just don’t want to spend the money or have the time to deal with it, but regularly mistreating it will surely add up to costly repairs or reduce it’s lifespan. Peninsula Auto Body is sending you a friendly reminder that car maintenance is extremely important to the longevity of your car and it’s safety as well.
It is important to follow a regular maintenance schedule, including oil changes and fluid checks, filter and transmission replacement, air filter and brake pad care. Follow your car’s manufacturer manual for the recommended maintenance routine. Regular maintenance requires investments such as money and time, but it will still cost much less than a new engine or transmission. Be sure to not skip the simple things such as airing up tires and checking the pressure. Even the no cost maintenance is worth your time.
Neglecting Dashboard Warning Lights
It is very important to address any warning indicator lights on the dashboard. You can check your manual for possible solutions or bring it to a reputable auto body repair center. Warning lights are there to alert you of a problem that could become serious if left untreated. Don’t ignore them. There are places you can go to get a free engine code test that explains what the triggered codes mean when the engine light comes on instead of paying for it at a mechanical shop.
Erratically Driving Your Car
Sudden movements while driving can cause engine, transmission and brake system to deteriorate faster. Cars that are mistreated will definitely have premature fluid leaks, broken seals and mechanical problems. Be good to your car and drive it gracefully. I guess that’s what it means when they say “you get what you give”. Your car may just give it right back to you, leaving you in an unsafe motor vehicle.
It is important to use the transmission correctly since it is one of the most complex and expensive parts of your car. When the car’s still moving, never shift from drive to reverse or vice versa. This type of shifting places excess strain on the transmission’s internal gears. Continually doing this can eventually damage the transmission.
Delaying Tire Replacement
Some cars can require very expensive tires, so when it is time to replace them, this turns into an unwelcome cost that not everyone is willing to make. Driving with bald tires is extremely dangerous. You could lose control of your car and get into an auto accident if a tire blows out while you are driving. The risk of hydroplaning also goes up tremendously during rainy season. A new set of tires could seem a bit pricey for now, but it still costs less than your car and even insurance deductible. Shop around and get pricing. There are always specials on tires so don’t get into a hurry when shopping for them. Make sure you’re not getting talked into a tire you really don’t need.