Reducing the cost of ownership for your vehicle begins with regular maintenance appointments with your local automotive repair shop, and there are some car maintenance tasks that you should never put off until later.
Here are the services you’ll want to get on a regular basis so as to avoid any unexpected breakdowns that may cost much more than the maintenance that would have prevented the breakdown in the first place.
1. Oil Changes
There’s an oil change on almost every corner in the country, and there’s a good reason for their popularity. One of the most important and easiest ways to keep your car in good working order is to get an oil change at each recommended interval. Old oil can turn into sludge and can become toxic to your engine, and an oil change can remove the sludge and any excess dirt that has built up in the machine.
2. Wheel Alignments
You might not think about the wheels on your car until it’s time to replace the tires, but an essential maintenance task that you should do every so often is a wheel alignment. During a wheel alignment service appointment, your mechanic will make sure that your tires are riding the road at just the right angle, which will help you get the best gas mileage possible.
3. Transmission Maintenance
Many drivers forget about transmission maintenance until their transmission fails, and they have to get the machine rebuilt or purchase a new transmission. Replacing or repairing a transmission can result in a hefty bill, and it’s often much cheaper to maintain the transmission with a service appointment that will replace the transmission fluid and include other tune-up procedures. Most manufacturers recommend that you replace your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000
4. Brake Pad Replacement
Brake pads wear down over time, and you might notice that your brakes begin to squeal when it’s time to replace the brake pads. If you allow worn brake pads to persist on your car for too long, you might end up having to replace the rotors, too, which can cost a lot extra. Bad brake pads can also prove dangerous when you have to stop your vehicle quickly, and they don’t perform as expected.
5. Tire Pressure
Did you know that maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the best ways to maximize your vehicle’s gas mileage? Making sure that your tires have the right amount of pressure is also the best way to extend the life of your tires (in addition to getting your tires rotated and aligned regularly). With properly inflated tires, you may notice that your car’s handling improves and that its braking capabilities are enhanced.
Maintain Your Car with Kwik Kar Automotive
Your vehicle is an important part of your daily life, and maintaining it means keeping it affordable, as well as keeping it safe for you and your family. If you’re in need of any of these essential maintenance tasks, get in touch with us for a service appointment. Our ASE Certified mechanics will take excellent care of your vehicle.