We depend a lot on our vehicles to get us to places we need to be. This translates into long hours on the road and lots of wear and tear on our vehicles – so naturally, auto repair services must be factored in as part of our anticipated expenses. However, these auto repairs, don’t have to be a constant part of life. There are a number of proactive things we can do to keep the time spent at the mechanic’s shop to a minimum thereby minimizing auto repairs.
If you have never considered being proactive about auto maintenance, then now is the time to do so. Better yet, you don’t have to be an auto repair service specialist or have a huge garage full of tools to do these simple tasks. Rather, just some basic knowledge and tools will suffice. Let’s get started.
Tips for Minimizing Auto Repairs
1. Read the manual. Your vehicle manual will tell you things like how often to change the oil, what to watch for in how your engine is running and many other useful facts. Knowing and following them will save you a great deal of money.
2. As soon as any light comes on the instrument cluster while driving, take it in for a diagnostic check. Taking care of small problems will prevent larger more costly ones.
3. Change the oil, add water, maintain the anti-freeze and keep up with any other liquids that need to be added to the car. This will keep its performance better, reduce the chances of your engine overheating and minimize the risk of damage to other parts of the vehicle.
4. Keep your tires at the recommended pressure; this will help your car have a better fuel economy. Also be sure to get them rotated as recommended. Failing to do any of this can result in a blowout.
5. Get your transmission serviced. Talk to transmission experts to find out how often this is recommended for your particular vehicle.
6. If you notice unusual sounds being made by your vehicle while you are driving, or if it seems to be shaking unnecessarily, take it in for a checkup. It’s always best to be told it is nothing to stress over than to ignore the sounds/shaking and find out there was serious problem or repair that could have been prevented.
7. Always check the quality of your engine oil and its level too. When the oil gets too dark and it appears less viscous (not thick), this is an indication that you should service it soon. Although most modern cars have sensors to monitor and alert the driver of regular oil services, checking the oil yourself can also be helpful. If the oil level is low and after a service, it goes low almost immediately or within a short time, this may be a serious concern as a leak is likely somewhere and should be inspected quickly.
When you take the time to maintain your vehicles, then you can minimize the time and money spent on auto repair services. To learn additional ways to get more out of your particular vehicle(s) check us out and drop a message or call us directly.