Vehicles today are more reliable than ever before, and it’s common to see cars drive well for far more than 100,000 miles. However, vehicle maintenance is still essential, and common car care mistakes can lead to costly repairs. Here are five common car care mistakes to avoid.
OIL AND AIR FILTER CHANGES
Most parts of cars can last for tens of thousands of miles, but oil typically degrades much faster. Although most manufacturers no longer suggest changing oil every 3,000 miles, changing oil when recommended is still essential, as degraded oil can cause engine components to wear prematurely. Make sure to keep up with oil and filter changes.
IGNORING THE “CHECK ENGINE” LIGHT
Anomalous events that don’t hurt a car can cause the “check engine” light to come on, and many people eventually begin ignoring this light unless something feels wrong with their vehicle. However, some problems that trigger the light might not cause any recognizable problems until permanent damage has been done to the engine. Mechanics can use computerized tools to find out what causes the light to come on, so make sure to have your vehicle checked at a trusted dealer.
Modern tires are rugged, but they still wear down at a predictable rate. One of the best ways to ensure that your tires last as long as possible is to have them rotated regularly. Alignment is critical as well; poorly aligned tires cause premature wear and can also hurt your fuel efficiency, which costs you money every time you drive. Rotating, aligning and inspecting your tires also helps detect structural damage early, which can help you avoid blowouts and other potentially dangerous events.
DRIVING WITH A DAMAGED ENGINE
Calling a tow truck can be obnoxious and expensive, so drivers often try to make it to the shop without a tow even if the engine is overheated or performing poorly. Doing so, however, can cause damage to the engine that’s far more expensive that a tow truck. Before trying to drive your car to the shop, make sure to at least call and determine if it’s safe, as blowing a gasket head or causing other damage can result in big repair bills.
Many car maintenance tasks are best handled by professionals, but there’s at least one task all drivers can handle: checking the tire pressure. Checking tire pressure takes only a moment, and filling the tire to the proper level is an easy task that helps maintain the tire’s’ longevity. It makes a difference at the pump as well; under inflated or over inflated tires result in poorer mileage.
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