Cost of car maintenance and car servicing may be hard to consume, postponing regularly scheduled maintenance actually can result in more costly problems in the long run.
• Not changing the oil on time. Oil changes are part of the regularly scheduled car maintenance intervals. The manufacturer may recommend changing the oil at specific intervals.
• Every day people drive their cars until they hear grinding coming from the wheels when they stop. Then they have to spend time and money to repair the brakes. Whenever you go into the workshop for an oil change, have the brakes checked.
• When you check the fluids regularly, you’ll notice when you have fluid loss, which might be due to a leak. This is a tipoff to check that system for a leak andrepair it before it escalates to big bucks. Common fluids include engine coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, differential fluid, transfer case lubricant.
• A failed sensor is a common reason for a “check engine” light to illuminate and also results in the engine misfiring. Ignoring this problem could cause the larger problem of the catalytic converter failing, which would result in the car not passing emissions.
• Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluids. While oil is key to the proper operation of your engine, there are other fluids critical to keeping your car running well. The owner’s manual will have a list of recommendations for how often to service these components. Delays in service, or ignoring them altogether, could result in damage not just to the specific component but to the engine or other parts as well, resulting in a very high repair bill.