Car maintenance may not seem like that big of a deal, but not making the time or thinking you are saving money will ultimately catch up with you. Just talk to any mechanic – be it the shade tree variety or those in a shop – and you will quickly be taught how necessary basic car maintenance is a must, not a maybe.
Did you know that….
- The bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion a year.
- One of the most important maintenance-related things you can do is change your oil frequently.
- Not doing proper car maintenance can cost you as much as $7,000 more in hefty repair bills, than it would have cost to do the basic maintenance items such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections and others.
Of course, everyone wants to save money, but overlooking car care is not the place to do it. But, have you ever wondered why certain jobs should be done? If so, you aren’t alone and deserve an answer.
Why Certain Car Maintenance Chores Should be Done
- Oil Changes – Changing the oil on a regular basis helps keep your engine running correctly. Oil cuts down on the friction that can literally wear away the parts of the engine. Change your oil every 5,000 miles or four months, or follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific car.
- Changing Plugs or filters – The best way to improve the odds of passing an emissions test is to maintain your vehicle. A well-maintained engine is usually a clean engine. Such basic maintenance includes changing the spark plugs and filters.
- PCV Valve – The positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, system regulates crankcase pressure and ventilates blow-by gases, which helps prevent engine oil leaks and sludge buildup
- Brakes – Brake disc pads and shoes eventually wear down. Checking your brakes annually allows you to spot wear before it’s too late. By contrast, neglecting regular brake work could eventually lead to more costly rotor or disc replacements.
- Tire Rotation – Rotating tires — switching the tire position from front to rear and vice versa — helps them wear equally. A tire rotation should generally be done every 7,500 miles, or as often as the car manufacturer recommends.
Having your vehicle inspected – and not just the one required by the state- should simply be a part of your monthly or quarterly calendar. Don’t put it off, especially if you suspect a problem, to see what will happen. Talk to your local mechanic or pros such as those at Auto Electric and do your part to ensure your vehicle is in its top running condition.