Posted January 6, 2012
Can I wait just a little bit longer to change my air filter? Is my fluid really that bad? Can’t I wait a few more days to change my oil? These are questions many ask themselves when it comes to routine or preventative car maintenance. The truth is, many of these minor repairs can wait and you most likely won’t suffer major damage to your engine. However, that doesn’t mean damage is not being done every mile you delay maintenance.
The longer you wait, more damage is being done to major components in your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to have our autmotive mechancis and ASE-Certified technicians at our reliable Bellaire auto repair shop inspect your car twice a year. We recommend taking it in at the onset of winter and as summer begins.
The idea behind preventative maintenance is to take care of small issues before they become huge repairs. Staying on top of repairs will save you time, money, and headaches down the road.
Here are some solutions to cutting repair costs on:
Engine Performance: When an engine is poorly maintained, it becomes difficult to start in the cold winter months. It may also cause the engine to run particularly rough and to lose power. Make sure to have your fuel, ignition, and emission control systems checked, necessary components replaced and adjustments made. Not only will this boost your gas mileage, but it will also help the environment.
Battery and Electrical System: If a battery is over three years old, it should be tested and replaced if necessary. Cleaning and tightening terminals is vital to a healthy battery as corroded or loose connections can cause the same symptoms as a dying or weak battery.
Changing Oil and Filter: Though most owner’s manuals and oil cartons will tell you it’s okay to change your oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, we recommend doing so every 3,000 miles or 3 months. A healthy engine will easily pay you back the money you spend for more frequent oil changes.
Visibility: Most wiper blades won’t last you more than a year, so it’s important to keep track of your blades and to replace them when they’re worn.
Tires: Check the inflation and balance of your tires—also have them rotated so your tires wear evenly. This will make for a smoother, quieter ride and get the most out of your tires. And don’t forget about that spare!
If you have any questions regarding the general maintenance of your vehicle, stop by your local White Bear Lake auto repair and have and ASE-Certified tech look over your vehicle for the best recommendations for you.