Andrew Harmon


 

 

 

Maintenance Tips for Preventing Major Auto Repairs

Some of the most expensive types of auto repairs are avoidable through preventative maintenance. Having a mechanic inspect your vehicle now and then may not only prevent a major repair, but also keep you aware of the overall condition of your car. Following an inspection of the brake system, your mechanic can inform you of any existing problems and let you know about how soon your brake pads will need to be replaced. This type of advanced awareness of upcoming car maintenance needs can help you prepare financially when the time comes. In addition to regular professional inspections, there are several things you can do to avoid costly auto repairs.

To take care of your wheels and tires, you should rotate the tires after every 5,000 miles and check your tire pressure every week. Also, check the tire tread regularly. Maintaining the proper tire pressure will improve fuel economy and handling characteristics of the car, as well as prevent the tires from going flat. Low tire pressure can cause your car to take longer to stop, which could result in an accident if you are too close to the car in front of you. When the tread on the tires becomes too worn down, you can end up with a flat by continuing to drive on them. If the tread is low, replace the tires. New tires may be costly, but they are far less expensive than an auto repair caused by a bad accident.

In addition to routine oil changes, you should also check the car's oil level on a regular basis. The engine oil acts as a lubricant and a coolant for the parts of your car's engine. It reduces friction between the parts that come in contact with each other. Without enough oil, those engine components will suffer excessive wear from friction and stop functioning properly. This can lead to total engine failure, and a new engine may be a far too expensive auto repair for you to afford. Maintaining the proper oil level will help keep the engine working properly. When you add oil, be sure to use the recommended grade for your vehicle to provide the right level of lubrication to the engine parts. The proper oil grade will also improve gas mileage.

To prevent fuel pump problems, you should avoid driving on a near empty gas tank. When your gas tank is down to about a quarter full, stop and purchase more gasoline. Driving with little gas in the tank causes the fuel pump to work harder to draw gas from the bottom of the tank. The gasoline lubricates the fuel pump and helps keep it cool. When there is little gas in the tank, the fuel pump gets hotter. This can be especially harmful on hot summer days.

The added heat from the sun above and hot pavement below can cause the fuel pump to stop working when there is not enough gas in the tank. Replacing the fuel pump in most modern cars is an expensive auto repair you can avoid by keeping the tank above a quarter full.

Some car parts simply wear out and need to be replaced over time. These types of auto repairs are something that every car owner must deal with. However, other problems are easy to prevent if you take a little extra time to care for your vehicle.

 

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