Maintaining your automobile may seem like it constantly zaps money out
of your account every couple months. The cost of installing a new battery,
changing your oil, and changing your tires can add up and take a heavy
toll on your funds, especially if the problem occurs suddenly and without
fore warning. Car maintenance is unavoidable, however there are tips one
can follow to ease the burden and soften the blow to your bank account.
1. Neglecting to Check Tire Pressure
Tire pressure can decrease drastically as a result of many uncontrollable
factors. Drops in the temperature or foreign objects lodged into the tires
can reduce tire pressure. To the untrained eye tire pressure may be difficult
to gauge, for this reason tire pressure must be checked regularly in order
to completely avoid a flattened tire.
2. Disregarding the Engine Check Light
Although your vehicle may be operating normally with the engine check light
on, it is best to make a trip to the mechanic as soon as the light appears
on the dashboard. The longer you wait to take your car to the mechanic
the more expensive it may be to fix the problem.
3. Avoiding Oil Changes
Depending on the manufacturer, make and model of your vehicle intervals
between oil changes vary. However often you are directed to change your
oil it is very important to stick to this recommendation. Failure to change
your oil regularly can lead to the build up sludge which can quickly damage
4. Ignoring Fluid Checks
Your vehicle depends on various fluids to keep it running properly, it
is critical to constantly check and exchange the fluids in your car. Transmission
fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, and washer fluids are just a few fluids
that require adequate attention and care.
5. Overlooking Brake Inspection
Automobiles are constantly making noises, this makes it very difficult
for you detect squeaking or grinding sounds emitting from your brakes.
It is important to be aware of any strange sounds coming from your car
and make an immediate trip to the mechanic if you notice any strange sounds.
Worn brake pads become extremely dangerous for the driver and passengers
if not fixed immediately.
6. Not Replacing Burned out Lights
Unlike most car maintenance issues, burned out lights are quite easy to
detect. In addition to easy detection replacing light bulbs is relatively
inexpensive. Headlights and tail lights that don’t project light
create serious dangers for yourself and surrounding drivers. Replacing
car light bulbs immediately can save you from the headache that comes
with the aftermath of a car accident or the troubles that comes with being
7. Avoiding Tire Rotation or Alignment
Occasional tire alignment and rotation is another relatively inexpensive
car maintenance requirement. Tire rotation and alignment are not required
often, usually they only need to be performed twice a year. There are
simple ways to determine if this particular service is necessary. If your
car pulls to one direction without your influence or if one set of tires
appears more worn down than the other it is very likely that you need
to rotate and align your tires.
If lack of car maintenance was the cause of your involvement in an accident
for you or the driver at fault, please
contact us at Kyle Law Firm.