Life’s busy and you might not care for your vehicle as much, or as often, as you should. However, here are a few maintenance issues you simply can’t afford to ignore.
Oil Level & Oil Changes
Dirty oil can cause engine wear, which leads to expensive repair bills. Lack of oil can lead to engine seizure and replacement.
It’s simple to check the oil level in your vehicle. Just warm up your vehicle and shut it off. Grab a napkin or paper towel, pull out the dipstick, and check the level. Add oil, if necessary, but don’t overfill.
Don’t wait to take your vehicle in if it uses more oil than the manual suggests or if a warning light comes on. These indicate there could be and underlying problem.
Tire Condition & Pressure
Good tire condition and proper pressure ensure your safety and vehicle performance. Rotating tires regularly promotes uniform tread wear and saves you money.
Worn tires or under or over-inflated tires can all affect steering, braking, and fuel economy. Buy a tire gauge, check the manufacturer’s recommended PSI, and add air when required. If you continually find a tire loses air, repair or replace it.
You’ll also need good brakes to ensure vehicular safety. Squealing or vibrating brakes or a soft pedal indicates that repairs may be needed.
You may need to replace the brake pads, rotors, or both, but don’t ignore the problem. Your brakes keep you safe, so you need to be able to rely on their performance.
Check Engine Light
When the check engine light appears on the dash, don’t ignore it. It could be something as simple as a faulty gas cap, but it could also be something more serious.
Your mechanic or local garage has a diagnostic tool that can pinpoint the problem. Don’t take any chances.
Obviously, if your vehicle doesn’t steer the way it should it’s a safety risk. See your mechanic to determine what’s causing it.
It could be something as simple as unbalanced tires or a more serious mechanical issue. You won’t know for certain unless you have a skilled professional inspect your vehicle.
Strange Noises or Smells
A loud clunking noise under the floorboards could indicate a mechanical part is ready to fail. It could just as easily be a broken muffler bracket that only costs a few bucks to fix.
A strange smell in the cabin could indicate a leaking hose, broken fuel line, or a serious electrical issue. If you smell or hear anything unusual, check under the hood and chassis, and in the trunk.
If you don’t see anything unusual, describe the problem to your mechanic. Don’t ignore these problems or you could end up paying for major repairs instead of a minor fix.
If you want to take care of your vehicle, drivers, and passengers, it’s crucial you have proper auto insurance coverage. There’s not much point focusing only on your vehicle if you rely on state insurance minimums that leave you at risk. If you’re in an accident, injure people, or damage property, you’ll pay dearly.