Similar to other machines, automobiles need regular care as well as maintenance in order for it to work smoothly. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. For vehicles that have failed to have its regular scheduled maintenance, it is often unreliable and can potentially malfunction as it runs.
When you make a decision to either lease or buy a car, be sure that you know how frequent to check all the fluids and parts for the 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 one part may cause others to fail, which leaves you stranded or be the root cause of serious accident. Not just that, small problems that may bring internal damage can be costly to repair in the future.
Timeline for checkup depends on the part in question. As per expert’s advice however, it is best if you are going to take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The engine oil of the car has to be replaced with a new one every tune-up while some other fluids like power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid should be checked too for any signs of dirt or leak. And in regards to the tires, it ought to be rotated and checked every 7000 miles so by that, you can prevent it from uneven wear. To have an idea with the guidelines for maintenance, it will be highly recommended to read the owner’s manual.
There are numerous safety concerns that have to be checked on a yearly basis especially during state inspection but expect more problems to arise on inspections in between. You need to space out the car maintenance during the year if you wish to increase the probabilities of catching big problems in their early stages and fix it while it’s 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. Therefore, it is right to ask if they are certified and qualified to perform inspections and repairs.