Have you been putting off car maintenance? We get it. Regular upkeep takes planning, money and time. But putting off care isn’t the best choice for your car.
Routine professional maintenance keeps your vehicle functioning at its best, extends the life of your vehicle and saves you money long-term. Although life can get hectic, there are a few tasks that are especially important to keep up with.
- Brake check: Faulty brakes can be dangerous. If your brakes have become noisy or less responsive, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Worn brake pads may be the culprit. But it could be something more serious, such as a fluid leak or air in the brake lines.
- Oil change: Oil lubricates engine components to reduce heat and friction during operation but becomes sludgy over time due to oxidation and contamination. Putting off a necessary oil change can drag down engine performance and possibly cause damage. Foregoing regular oil changes could also void your warranty. (Check your manual for recommendations.)
- Timing belt replacement: Generally, a timing belt can last you 60,000 miles or more. But if your engine is ticking or misfiring, you may need a replacement.
- Tire rotation and alignment: Tires should be rotated and aligned approximately every six months (or every 6,000 to 8,000 miles). This ensures even wear, extends the life of the tires and reduces the likelihood of a blowout.
- Windshield repair: A chipped windshield can hinder your view of the road. Left unchecked, even the smallest crack can quickly spread (and make a costly windshield replacement more likely).
Tend to forget to schedule car maintenance? Try adding a recurring reminder to your calendar. A reminder for other tasks, such as monthly fluid and tire pressure checks, can be helpful as well.
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