Whether you own a new car or an older model, your car requires regular care and maintenance in order to stay safely on the roads. Ignoring warning signs and key services is the quickest way to send a vehicle to an early grave… The Car Care Council offers the following warnings about 6 ways you could be killing your car:
Ignoring the check engine light. Turning a blind eye to a flashing WARNING light can lead to significant problems for your engine and an expensive repair bill. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting your miles per gallon.
Failing to change fluids and filters. In order for your vehicle to operate properly, it relies on several different fluids that keep your engine’s juices flowing. Regularly checking your fluids’ levels helps ensure your engine will run properly and your vehicle will function. Filters should be checked regularly as well. Check your cabin air filter – if it’s clogged, it can prevent your air conditioning from keeping you cool as it heats up this spring.
Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for proper inflation and tread depth. Under- and over-inflated tires wear unevenly, meaning they need to be replaced sooner. Improper inflation can also negatively impact safety and gas mileage.
Not following a service schedule. Vehicle components and parts wear out over time, which means routine service needs to be performed in order to keep them in good working order. As temperatures rise this spring, your battery is more prone to corrosion. Preventative maintenance helps your car run efficiently and will let you avoid expensive repairs down the line.
Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from ice melting chemicals and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
Being an aggressive driver. Severe weather, uneven roads, stop-and-go traffic… It’s tough to avoid all of these tough driving conditions over the course of a day much less a vehicle’s lifespan. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit, avoiding “jackrabbit” quick starts and stops, and not hauling unnecessary items.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to save money, avoid expensive repairs, and protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle.
Don’t kill your car! Visit our shop and get the inspection and advice you need to make an educated decision about how to keep your family’s vehicle safely on the roads.