What are some good auto repair habits to develop?
For many people, the last thing they want to do is take their car to the mechanic and have it serviced. Auto repair is often expensive and time-consuming. Despite relying on our vehicles, we don’t want to take them in for service and will delay doing so until things get critical.
Instead of putting off auto repair, it’s important to understand the good habits of auto repair and maintenance and then use them to keep your vehicle in good working order.
Get to Know Your Vehicle
Most of us are not mechanics, so we know very little about how our vehicles work. This is especially true when you buy a new vehicle. The first thing you should do when you buy a new car is open the glove box, find the user’s manual, and read it. Cover to cover. While you still may not know how your vehicle works, reading the user's manual will give you the information you need to know when there’s a problem. You’ll learn what the warning lights mean, which require immediate repair by a qualified mechanic, and which you can fix yourself.
Check Your Tire Pressure
It’s important to check your tire pressure with an actual pressure gauge. Don’t rely on a visual inspection to determine whether your tire pressure is low. Proper tire pressure extends the life of the tires by avoiding excessive wear. It also gives you better fuel economy. Properly inflated tires are also important for smooth riding and accurate handling and steering. Check your user’s manual or other documentation for the tires to ensure you are inflating your tires to the correct pressure.
Change Your Oil
Oil breaks down with time and temperature changes. You must have the oil in your vehicle changed on the schedule recommended by your user’s manual. Failure to change your oil can lead to significant engine damage that can easily be avoided.
You can do many other things to develop good car repair habits. One of the best tips is to talk to your mechanic. Listen to their recommendations when it comes to preventative maintenance and repairs. If you’re in the Clarksburg, MD, area, why not call AutoStream Car Care and make an appointment to talk with one of their mechanics? We’re happy to talk with you about how to better care for your car to avoid expensive and time-consuming auto repairs.