The best vehicles you’ll ever own are the ones that stand the test of time. If you want your car to last longer, it’s important learn the do’s and don’ts of auto maintenance. Car owners are saving thousands of dollars (and headaches) simply because they are learning how to properly maintain their vehicles. Here are the top 10 auto maintenance mistakes to avoid…
1. Oil Change: Make sure you get the oil changed according to your car’s maintenance schedule. Dirty oil clogs the oil filter and prevents the engine from running properly. It is recommended that the oil be changed every 3,000 miles or every three months or which every come first.
2. Cheap Car Parts: Avoid buying cheap parts for your automobile. The part may hold up for a long time. However, this part may be causing more harm than good. Buy parts that are specifically designed for your make and model of car.
3. Tune-Ups: Drivers sometimes think that their vehicles will last forever. Humans need health check ups to stay healthy and cars need tune ups. Therefore, it is important that the spark plugs, spark plug wires and the distributor caps be replaced. You should replace these parts every 30,000 miles or consult your car’s maintenance schedule.
4. Untimely Repairs: If the car is making an unusual sound, find out why this is happening. You can avoid expensive future auto repairs by obtaining the car’s service manual. The service manual will help you get started in the right direction. Of course, you can use online services or ask a mechanic.
5. Routine Maintenance Schedule: Your automobile has a routine maintenance schedule. What does this schedule entails? This schedule is an outline of everything you need to do to keep the car operating at its highest level. For example, a car might need a fuel system inspection every 15,000 miles and a vehicle timing change every 30,000 miles.
6. Tire Inspections: Drivers should inspect their car tires frequently. Improperly inflated tires can cause accidents and damage to the steering and suspension system. Use a tire pressure gauge to check your tires pressure. You should replace tires that are damaged. Use a tire tread indicator to find out when a tire needs to be replaced. It is also a good idea to rotate your car tires.
7. Fluid Levels: It is very important that car owners check and monitor all fluid levels. You should learn how to check the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid, anti-freeze coolant level and the windshield wiper fluid. Make sure you know how much gas is in your tank. The car might not start and the driver finds out that there is no gas in the tank.
8. Bad Mechanics: Hire a good auto mechanic if you do not have the time or do not know how to take care of your car. Bad mechanics are everywhere. Find out who are the best mechanics in your area and hire them to do the work.
9. Minor Repairs: Car owners often neglect to repair headlights, turn signal lights and other car lights.
10. Excessive Weight: Excessive weight makes the engine and other car parts work harder. It also reduces the miles per gallon. Remove heavy items from the trunk of your vehicle.
We hope this helps you keep your car on the road for many years to come!
Sara Thompson writes about the auto industry, providing maintenance tips and other articles. She is a blogger for Grease Monkey in Battle Ground, Washington.