For a car to run smoothly, it is vitally important that it undergoes regular care and maintenance, much like other machines. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. Vehicles that failed to receive regular scheduled maintenance are unreliable and could possibly malfunction while running.
When making a decision to either lease or buy a car, make sure that you are aware of how frequent to check the fluids and parts for maintenance needed. Luckily, the owner’s manual can provide you with the optimal schedule for recommended maintenance either by time or mileage.
Keep in mind that whenever the car isn’t tuned up properly, it may experience internal damage, putting the driver’s safety at risk. Even the small internal damage can also turn into a bigger problem in the future. Cars have hundreds of parts that should harmoniously work in order for the car to run smoothly. An issue with a single part can be enough to make others fail, leaving you to be stuck in your drive or be the cause of accident. Not only that, small problems that might cause major internal damage can be a lot more expensive to be repaired later on.
Depending on the part in question will determine the frequency of its diagnosis. As per expert’s advice however, it is best if you are going to take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The car’s engine oil needs to be replaced for every tune-up visit and as for other fluids like power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid, it needs to be checked too for signs of leaks or even dirt. As for the tires, it should be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to ensure that they will not wear unevenly. It is recommended that you check your owner’s manual for the guidelines in relation to maintenance.
There are so many safety concerns that will be checked on a yearly basis during state inspection but there are more serious issues that could arise throughout the year between the inspection. You have to space out car maintenance during the year to be able to increase your odds of catching possibly big problems in its early stages and make it more affordable. Doing preventative maintenance can also save you from horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
When taking your car either for inspection or tune-up, the mechanics who work on your car are the ones responsible for it. Thus, it is your right to ask if they’re qualified and certified mechanics to do the inspections and repairs.