Whether you own a new car or an older model, your car requires regular care and maintenance in order to stay safely on the roads. Ignoring warning signs and key services is the quickest way to send a vehicle to an early grave… The Car Care Council offers the following warnings about 6 ways you could be killing your car:
Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting your miles per gallon.
Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life. Check your cabin air filter – if it’s clogged, it can prevent your air conditioning from keeping you cool as it heats up this spring.
Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for proper inflation and tread depth. Under- and over-inflated tires wear unevenly, meaning they need to be replaced sooner. Improper inflation can also negatively impact safety and gas mileage.
Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. As temperatures rise this spring, your battery is more prone to corrosion. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from ice melting chemicals and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
Being an aggressive driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit, avoiding “jackrabbit” quick starts and stops, and not hauling unnecessary items.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to save money, avoid expensive repairs, and protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle.
Don’t kill your car! Visit JJ Tracks Tire & Auto Center and get the inspection and advice you need to make an educated decision about how to keep your family’s vehicle safely on the roads.