3 Ways to Maintain Your Vehicle to Avoid Costly Repairs

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We’ve created a list of ways you can prevent a few of the most common auto repairs.

Preventative Auto Maintenance

Brake Pad Replacement

As you know, brakes are extremely important to the safety of every passenger in your car. Monitoring your brake pads is an easy way to avoid needing to replace your car’s brake rotors, which can be more expensive.

  • If you hear screeching or grinding when you come to a stop, your brake pads need to be serviced;
  • Periodically inspect the thickness of the brake pads;
  • If your brake pads appear to be thin, replace them as soon as possible;
  • Most brake pads can be easily replaced at home.

Engine Misfire

A very common, yet preventable issue is engine misfire. Vacuum leaks, damaged spark plugs, and poor fuel delivery are a few things that can create engine misfire issues. Engine repairs can cost you quite a bit of cash, ranging from $100-$10,000.

  • Prevent these problems by sticking to your car’s engine maintenance schedule;
  • Regular engine checkups also allow professionals to foresee potential issues and identify any smaller repairs that need to be made or watched;
  • Have an annual trouble-code scan done, it can help recognize future engine problems.

Evaporative Emission Control System Breakdown

Codes for EVAP leaks often appear when there is a leak or another issue with the system. Finding the leak or defective part and fixing it can range between $100-$700.

There are a few easy ways you can prevent this issue:

  • Always look into a check engine light;
  • Make a habit of securely fastening the gas cap every time that you fill your tank;
  • A quality rust protection application helps to keep system line corrosion to a minimum.

Contact the auto repair experts at Performance Auto for more information about keeping your car in the best shape.


  1. This is some really good information about avoiding costly repairs. It is good to know that it would be smart to get brake pads replaced if they are thin. That is good for me to know that because I am planning on getting my first car this summer.

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