How Much Maintenance Does Your Family Car Really Need?

How Much Maintenance Does Your Family Car Really NeedAs you know, a car is comprised of a lot of parts; some move and some don’t. Not every nut and bolt of your car needs to be consistently lubricated and tightened. There are many things that, though you really shouldn’t, can go unaddressed on a car without it meaning sudden death for the car. So then what exactly needs checked on a regular basis?

Fluids

Most of the fluids in your vehicle are crucial to allowing it to run properly. When your vehicle’s fluid levels are low, or non-existent, you will most likely experience the failure of multiple parts. The common fluids that you should consistently check are your engine’s oil, the coolant, the transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. You do not need to bring your car into a shop to check each of these fluids if you know where to check. The owner’s manual for your vehicle will let you know how to check each of your vehicle’s fluids.

Belts

The timing belts and serpentine belt perform critical tasks in an engine; they time the engine and keep parts from running out of sync with one another. With some vehicles, if the timing belt breaks, it can mean instant death for the engine. This is because of the various moving parts — since they are moving at extremely high speeds, once the belt breaks they begin to hit one another. It is not uncommon to see engine valves bend after a timing belt has broken. Not all cars are designed this way, but a belt breaking in any car will prevent the car from running.

Alignment

Improper alignment is not only costly for your wallet, but also potentially fatal. A car that needs realignment will be biased toward a certain direction in its steering. It will also wear through tires unevenly and much quicker than intended. On a related note, checking your brakes and brake lines regularly is inexpensive but worthwhile for your car’s efficiency as well as your own safety.

Battery

Your battery does not need to be changed very often, but you should make sure to check the contact points for any signs of corrosion or buildup. Contact points that are not clean will prevent a vehicle’s battery from operating properly; leading to a car that will eventually not start. This is not only a nearly free maintenance task, but it’s one that will save you a lot of headache in the future.

Maintaining your car properly is very beneficial to its longevity. You do not need to maintain every single piece of the car, but there are a few things that you should routinely check. Not only will this allow you to have a sound mind; it can also prevent you from getting stranded or strapped with an enormous expense that you can’t handle. Take your car to The Clutch & Brake Doctors today to see where your car stands.

 

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Written by Heffe Nootenboom

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