When it comes to car maintenance and repair, the adage 'a stitch in time saves time,' couldn't be truer. This is because performing regular car maintenance goes a long way in preventing problems from becoming bigger and costlier to repair.
To better understand this, here is a look at some routine car maintenance items and the car repair issues they can help prevent when performed on time.
Engine oil and filter change
Engine oil plays a key role in ensuring your auto engine runs properly for as long as possible. The oil lubricates moving components of your engine so they do not wear and tear ahead of time due to friction caused when the components rub against each other. In addition, engine oil helps cool the engine by absorbing some of the heat generated during normal car operation.
Over time, however, engine oil will become dirty and less effective or ineffective at its job. This can lead to early wear and tear of the engine's moving parts, but also engine overheating. To prevent this from happening, the oil will need to be changed at regular intervals.
The engine filter is usually changed at the same time the engine oil is changed to ensure the engine operates at maximum efficiency and seldom breaks down.
Brakes are a critical vehicle safety feature. They allow a driver to stall a vehicle or simply slow it down when need arises and in emergency situations. Having your brakes inspected periodically will ensure you can control the vehicle at all times.
Brake inspections helps to identify brake issues such as brake fluid leaks, ineffective brake fluid, spongy brake pedals, overly worn brake pads, etc., early enough and thus minimise the impact of such issues. This, in turn, reduces the risk of complete brake failure and the need for costly brake repairs.
Wheel alignment check
Wheels are an important part of any vehicle because they are directly connected to the tyres, which are the main point of contact between the vehicle and the ground. Given that the wheel-and-tyre combo bear the brunt of daily travel, it is important to ensure the wheels are always properly aligned.
In this regard, taking your vehicle for periodic wheel alignment service is vital. It will not only prevent your tyres from wearing down unevenly, but will also help keep you safe on the road.
These are just but a few of the routine vehicle maintenance items that you will need performed on your car to minimise repair issues. The best practice is to always follow your vehicle manufacturer's instructions on auto maintenance all the way.
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