There’s nothing so traumatizing as having your car break down on the side of the road – and imagining just how much the repairs are going to cost. Many of the most common car repairs could be prevented with the right maintenance. Whether you think these simple procedures can wait or that you just don’t have the spare change for them, if you find yourself shelling out large sums for engine repair or broken parts, you’ll wish you’d found the time.
Scheduled Maintenance: While most modern cars no longer need the same duties done to the common “tune-up,” it’s still important to follow your maintenance manual and bring the car in for regular inspections when it’s due. Whether that’s spark plug wires, coolant or even just a changed air filter, it’s important to have these things checked out when your manufacturer advises. If not, you could find yourself looking at a hefty replacement fee for other parts that aren’t as inexpensive to repair.
Oil Changes: Times have changed, and though most cars sold today don’t need to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles, you’ll probably still need to change out the oil every 5,000-10,000 miles, depending on your make and model. Dirty motor oil contains sediment which, over time, could clog up your engine and damage the more sensitive parts. Spending $30 for an oil change to prevent a potential $5,000 repair cost? Not a bad deal in the long run!
Tire Rotation: Front and back tires take very different amounts of wear and tear, so it’s vital to regularly rotate from front and back and side to side. This helps equalize tread wear and maximizes the life of your tires. Plus, regular tire rotation could keep you alert of when the tread of your tires are growing too low; avoiding what could have been a flat tire. While both scenarios leave you with buying a new tire, if you’re left on the side of the road, you could also be forced to pay for a tow truck and a loss of your time.
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