Much like any other machine, automobiles need care and maintenance on a regular basis for it to operate as expected. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. Vehicles that weren’t able to get its regular maintenance tend to make it unreliable and can be the cause of malfunction when running.
When making a decision to either lease or buy a car, make sure that you are aware of how frequent to check the fluids and parts for maintenance needed. Your owner’s manual will give you schedule for the recommended maintenance either by time or mileage.
Keep in mind that whenever the car isn’t tuned up properly, it may experience internal damage, putting the driver’s safety at risk. Even small internal issues can quickly turn into a serious problem down the road. Cars literally have hundreds of parts that must work harmoniously for it to run smoothly. An issue with a single part can be enough to make others fail, leaving you to be stuck in your drive or be the cause of accident. Not just that, small problems that may bring internal damage can be costly to repair in the future.
Timeline for checkup depends on the part in question. But generally speaking, it is suggested that you take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The engine oil of your vehicle should be replaced with a new one at every tune-up while other fluids similar to power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid must be checked for dirt or leaks. As for the tires, it should be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to ensure that they will not wear unevenly. It is best that you look at the owner’s manual to see the guidelines in regards to maintenance.
There are so many safety concerns that will be checked on a yearly basis during state inspection but there are more serious issues that could arise throughout the year between the inspection. As much as possible, you should create an interval for doing car maintenance within a year to increase the odds of finding potentially big problems while on their early stages and make it affordable. Doing preventative maintenance can also save you from horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
When you take your car for inspection or tune-up, the mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car. So don’t be afraid to ask if they are properly trained and qualified to carry out inspections and repairs.