Similar to other machines, automobiles need regular care as well as maintenance in order for it to work smoothly. Among the biggest dangers to the safety of both passengers and driver is a car that is poorly maintained. Vehicles that failed to receive regular scheduled maintenance are unreliable and could possibly malfunction while running.
When you make a decision to either lease or buy a car, be sure that you know how frequent to check all the fluids and parts for the 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 the small internal damage can also turn into a bigger problem in the future. For a car to run smoothly, the parts that compose it should be able to work in balance. Just a single issue with one part can cause the others to fail, leaving you stranded or even become the root cause of a serious accident. Not just that, small problems that may bring internal damage can be costly to repair in the future.
The timeline for checkup will depend on the part in question. As per expert’s advice however, it is best if you are going to take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The car’s engine oil needs to be replaced for every tune-up visit and as for other fluids like power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid, it needs to be checked too for signs of leaks or even dirt. Tires on the other hand need to be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to make sure that they don’t unevenly wear. To have an idea with the guidelines for maintenance, it will be highly recommended to read the owner’s manual.
A lot of safety concerns would be checked annually during state inspection but more serious problem may arise throughout the year between inspections. 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.
The mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car the moment that you bring it to them for inspection or tune-up. Thus, it is your right to ask if they’re qualified and certified mechanics to do the inspections and repairs.