We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: preventative car care is the number one way to keep your car on the road longer, for the least amount of money. There’s a reason the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so well known. No matter how old your car is, performing routine services keeps the systems in as good of shape as possible, helping you avoid more costly repairs and dangerous problems.
Here are a few preventative car maintenance tips to keep in mind this summer:
- Regularly check and change all fluids- One of the easiest vehicle issues to avoid is a seized engine. Regular oil changes ensure you always know that your car isn’t low on oil. While you’re at it, make sure to check the level and condition of the rest of your vehicle fluids, including coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid.
- Suspension inspections - shocks, struts, wheel bearings… these are all things that are subject to wear and tear over time on your vehicle. And when they go bad, you have reduced control of your vehicle, leaving you with increased risk of an accident. Regularly inspecting and servicing your suspension components can save you money on unevenly worn tires as well as help you keep optimal control over your car.
- Keep up with major services - Major service intervals always feel like a huge expenditure when they come up, but in the long term they save you money! Making sure your drivetrain and other necessary components are in tip-top shape reduces the likelihood that you’ll have an unexpected catastrophic failure, leading to tow fees, missed work/school and repair costs. Spending a few hundred dollars up front is well worth it when you think of what you could stand to lose.
Here at Convoy Auto Repair, we’re happy to help you keep your car on the road as long as possible, for as little as possible. We know how important a reliable vehicle is to busy families and professionals, and there’s nothing we like more than seeing a customer drive away in a solid vehicle!