Top 5 Car and Truck Maintenance Mistakes

For many of us, our car or truck is our lifeline to the outside world. Without reliable transportation, we’re stranded or stuck relying on friends and family for a ride. However, as dependent as we are on our vehicles, many of us are guilty of committing these five maintenance sins – which one is your auto repair Achilles’ heel?

Top 5 Car Maintenance Mistakes

Neglecting Your Filters

Who doesn’t like clean air? We know we do. However, if you don’t change your fuel and air filters on a regular basis, it could leave you in big trouble. These filters usually aren’t expensive and many mechanics will replace them for free if you bring one with you to your appointment. Trust us, this is one maintenance step you don’t want to skip.

Trusting Those Worn Down Wipers

Windshield wipers are relatively inexpensive and easy to change. Find the most car-savvy person you know and ask them to teach you how to replace your wiper blades! Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of a storm to worry about not being able to see out of your windshield because your wipers are worn down. It’s usually a good idea to change your blades every six months just to be safe.

Ignoring the Check Engine Light

This seems like common sense but we all develop an uncanny ability to ignore things we just don’t want to see. Case in point: the check engine light. If it comes on and you just don’t have time to make an appointment with your trusted experts, Make Time. Come in for an engine tune-up as soon as possible to avoid much scarier issues in the future.

Not Checking Your Tires

Low tire pressure, poor alignment, low tread – all problems that can turn very serious (and costly) quickly. Poor alignment can do everything from cause uneven wear on your tires to cause your steering wheel to pull to the left or right. If your tire pressure is low or your tires are practically bald, you could have a dangerous blowout. Needless to say, paying attention to your tires is pretty important!

Forgetting to Show Up for Regular Service

To many, this is the Sin of Auto Sins. We guarantee that there are many drivers out there on the road who think that the sticker on the windshield is more like a guideline than a deadline, but trust us – future you, your car, and your wallet will all thank you for showing up for your regular service. Not only does regular maintenance keep your car running smoothly, but it also gives you the chance to catch problems before they escalate. Everything that came before in this list can all be covered in your regular service. This is also a great time to get your oil changed and check your brakes which are two major maintenance musts.

Don’t make simple mistakes with your car or truck maintenance. Make an appointment with Performance Auto Repair today or call us at (334) 245-6600!

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