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. For vehicles that have failed to have its regular scheduled maintenance, it is often unreliable and can potentially malfunction as it runs.
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.
Remember that whenever your car is not properly tuned-up, it could experience internal damage which may put the safety of driver at risk. Even the small internal damage can also turn into a bigger problem in the future. For a car to run smoothly, the parts that compose it should be able to work in balance. 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 just that, small problems that may bring internal damage can be costly to repair in the future.
The timeline for checkup will depend 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 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. Tires on the other hand need to be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to make sure that they don’t unevenly wear. It is recommended that you check your owner’s manual for the guidelines in relation to maintenance.
A lot of safety concerns would be checked annually during state inspection but more serious problem may arise throughout the year between inspections. 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. With preventative maintenance, it can save you from horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
The mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car the moment that you bring it to them for inspection or tune-up. So don’t be afraid to ask if they are properly trained and qualified to carry out inspections and repairs.