Proper Car Maintenance Is Money in Your Pocket
Baron's believes that maintaining your automobile is one of the most important ways to protect your wallet. You might be saying how that can be, car maintenance costs money. The reality is that a little money spent on routine maintenance can save you thousands in repair bills down the line.
Did you know?
- 38% of autos have dirty engine oil or insufficient levels
- Over 50% of cars currently have low tire pressure
- Almost 20% need a belt replaced
- 16% of automobiles are running with a dirty air filter
What does this mean to you?
- Dirty or low oil – Oil breaks down due to the heat generated by the engine. As it breaks down it cannot do its job of lubricating the moving parts. This leads to excess wear on the parts and the eventual break down of the engine. Engine repairs can be costly!
- Low or incorrect tire pressure – The number one reason for proper inflation of tires is safety. Tires cannot do their job if they are not at the right PSI. Incorrect pressure also leads to wear and early replacement.
- Loose or worn belts – Belts run many of the major systems in your auto. In most modern cars one major belt runs everything, in older models there are multiple belts. Failure of a belt in your car can result in loss of power steering, overheating or engine failure. All of these can be expensive repairs.
- Dirty air filter – All of the air that the engine needs to run enters through the air filter. If it is clogged the engine cannot get the required air and can lose power, run rough and eventually break down.
What should you be doing?
- Change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. The manufacturer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Mini Cooper recommend a service every 15,000 miles. An oil and filter change in between is advised.
- Check the air filter with every oil change. Changing once per year is the norm but dirty or dusty conditions can warrant earlier replacement.
- Check your tire pressure at least monthly. Also check your tires for wear.
- Brakes are a matter of safety. Have them checked with each oil change and replace them as the indicator light states.
- Check belts for looseness and signs of wear. They should normally be replaced between 60,000 and 90,000 miles.
- Change the antifreeze and brake fluid in your car every 2 years.
- Perform the schedule maintenance.
- Check your battery to make sure it is tightly secured. The cables should be free of corrosion. A battery over 3 years old is reaching the end of its life, have it tested and replaced if necessary. Nothing is more frustrating than a dead battery.