5 Important Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid
Your car is one of your essential possessions. As a result, it is important to take proper care of it to serve you for a long time. Car maintenance may be perplexing to individuals who are unfamiliar with cars with various maintenance issues. However, failing to perform proper maintenance might cost you significantly more in the long run and even shorten your vehicle's service life. Keep reading to discover some of the most common car maintenance mistakes to avoid.
1. Not Knowing the Basics
The knowledge to conduct basic car maintenance can be helpful. Most car maintenance issues come from simple things, such as not knowing how to change a flat tire. Take some time to understand fundamental car maintenance procedures to help save some money and avoid stressful situations.
2. Neglecting Oil Changes
Oil changes are indeed required less often for new vehicles. However, while most modern cars may not need an oil change every 3,000 miles, they still need frequent oil changes. Inadvertently skipping one oil change may not cause irreversible damage to your vehicle, but continuing to neglect oil changes can create engine wear and tear, causing problems down the road.
3. Failing to Have Your Brakes Inspected
Changing your brake pads may be costly, but if you wait too long, your brakes could wear out entirely and begin to damage the rotors, which will cost you even more money. When you first hear the telltale squeaking brake sound, you should take your car in to have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic.
4. Not Checking Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is vital for more than simply preventing flat tires; proper tire pressure can also help to boost fuel efficiency. If your tires are under-inflated, your car may use significantly more gas than it should. Be sure to check your tire pressure often to keep your tires in lasting condition and your gas mileage low.
5. Failing to Replace Old Windshield Wipers
Most windshield wipers are inexpensive and easy to repair, but many individuals continue to drive in inclement weather, unable to see clearly due to outdated wipers. If you notice streaks on your windshield and/or cracks in your wiper blades, it’s best to have them replaced to ensure safe driving.
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At Custom Complete Automotive, we offer various car maintenance services such as oil changes, tire repair and maintenance, brake inspections, and more to keep your car in excellent condition. To learn more about our auto services, contact us today!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.