Pay a Little Now or a Lot Later

Some people think that they can save money by passing on car maintenance that isn’t critical. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Making sure that your car is well maintained and fixing the small things now can mean HUGE savings in the future.

Regular preventative maintenance helps the components in a vehicle from needing to be repaired or replaced, which can be very costly. Here are a few simple maintenance items that can help keep that money in your pocket.

The first thing a person can do is to become familiar with the owner’s manual. That is the go-to place to find the information you need to know about appropriate maintenance procedures and intervals. This will also give you information such as the correct fuel octane, the proper tire inflation, etc.

Oil is the life blood of your vehicle. It is critical that the oil is clean and full. Some places say that a car can go 5,000 to 7,000 miles before you need an oil change. However, since it is so critical to the well-being of your vehicle, we recommend getting it changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. A car is the second biggest investment a person can make and it should be well maintained.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the coolant. This regulates the temperature of the engine and keeps it from overheating or freezing. It’s a good idea to look for leakage around the radiator if you notice that your coolant is often low.

It is also important to regularly change the filters. These keep out contaminants that can cause component failure. The fuel filter is especially important to keep clean since it keeps the fuel pump free from contaminants. Additionally, make sure that the gas tank doesn’t get too low. The sediment in fuel usually goes to the bottom of the tank and keeping the tank full will help ensure that sediment doesn’t get into the fuel pump.

Bring your car into our shop and we will have one of our ASE-Certified technicians see what can be done to help you save money, improve gas mileage, and help keep you safely on the road.

Request an appointment online or call our auto repair shop in Hayes at 804.642.2440.