It is okay to take your car’s maintenance into your own hands at appropriate times, but there are some mistakes that will impair the way your vehicle runs. If you want to keep your car in excellent running condition, make sure you avoid these common maintenance mistakes.
Waiting to Replace Lights and Tires
Just because your car can operate without certain parts does not mean that it should. Replacing your headlights, taillights, and brake lights is not a difficult or expensive process. Installing new lights immediately reduces the risk of nighttime traffic collisions or even tickets from local law enforcement. Additionally, you may think you have got some time left on your tires, but it is better to replace them sooner rather than later; if you wait too long, the tire’s performance declines and its tread may even separate.
Not Understanding Your Warning Lights
Your car makes maintenance easy by providing you a dashboard full of warning lights whenever something is going wrong. Unfortunately, some people are not aware what many of these indicator lights mean, and others simply choose to ignore them. Use your owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the icons on your dashboard, and heed their warnings when they are lit.
While all of the attention tends to be on gasoline, there are several other fluids that must be paid attention to in order for your car to run smoothly; this is especially true if you are replacing fluids while working on your car. Your car is a complicated piece of machinery, and it needs to be well lubricated in order to function properly. It requires a coolant to help it maintain the proper temperature and brake fluid to ensure that your brakes receive the right amount of pressure.
For more maintenance advice, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 334-9531 or visit our website. We have been among the highest quality automotive repair services since 1965, and have several convenient locations in Tucker, Cumming, Smyrna, Buckhead, and Sandy Springs. Stop by or give us a call to find out more.