Every car mechanic will agree, hands down, the single most critical care task a car owner can do is to follow the owner’s manual when it comes to regular maintenance. A huge majority of issues and repairs come from owners simply not following the basic upkeep of a car or truck, regardless of brand, model or make. Further, the owner’s manual makes it very easy for someone to follow these steps, providing schedules and specific tasks that need to be performed on a regular basis. Taking care of what seems like very basic and simple matters can avoid more significant repairs later on that often cost far more in time, stress, and money.
When a mechanic refers to fluid levels in a car, it’s more than just the engine oil. A car runs and operates with a number of fluids that include both oils and water mixtures. These fluids are vital as without them or insufficient levels, car parts could literally start to grind or get too hot. That in turn leads to serious break downs and could result in a total failure of a cars engine all together. Ironic, isn’t it, how something so simple could literally stop a complex vehicle permanently?
While many of the fluid changes can be done without the help of a mechanic, it can be a bit of a messy job. Fluids technically include engine oil, transmission oil, antifreeze, wiper fluids, power steering fluids, and hydraulic brake fluids. Further, without the right tools, it can also be very difficult for a first-timer. Additionally, allowing a mechanic to manage the fluids change allows the mechanic the ability to check for other issues at the same time, identifying potential problems early before they becomes an actual part or system failure. Not managing these fluids regularly and in a timely fashion can often lead to unaffordable and inconvenient repair costs. While the car itself may warn you when some of the fluids get low, it’s often too late and the damage has begun. Proactive checking is the way to avoid problems before they ever start.
Don’t Forget the Tires
The next critical aspect of a vehicle is literally the materials it uses to drive on: your tires. Those round, rubber parts take a lot of abuse over their lives, and it’s a bit amazing they don’t wear out sooner. A good set of tires can last up to 50,000 miles, but that doesn’t mean an owner can just have them installed and forget until the odometer reaches the magic number.
Tires deal with hot asphalt, broken road edges, nails, rocks, debris, and lots of other things along the way that can tear at the rubber mold. Further, they are not a cheap fix; a set of tires on an average car can reach over $500. So it’s in an owner’s interest to keep them in as good a condition as possible. Fortunately, tire maintenance is another easy fix a mechanic can perform quickly while doing an inspection.
Things to watch out for include under-inflation, uneven wear, and visible gouges. All three can and will lead to premature failure of a tire. One way to mix things up is to rotate the tires on a regular basis. This allows the wear to evenly, and each individual tire to last longer, stretching an owner’s value before replacement is needed. Keeping tires inflated properly also allows for increased gas mileage, since an engine has to work less to move a car. That saves big bucks at the gas station over time.
Again, the above items are easy tasks anyone can do. However, Carson Cars Auto Repair is available to make maintenance simple to perform, especially when folks themselves are not naturally-inclined or confident grease monkeys. As Mike Carson puts it, "We take the mess out of keeping your car running. Regular maintenance can mean big dollars saved from costly repairs later on."
Regular brake inspection is recommended at every fluid change interval in order to make sure they are not worn excessively and are safe to use on a daily basis. Brake pads are far less expensive to replace, as opposed to an entire brake system and rotors that could potentially become warped if ignored. In order to ensure your car runs efficiently and reliable now and in the future, its key to provide your car with regular maintenance as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.