When you own a vehicle, you want to keep it operating in the best condition possible. Part of this includes bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. The biggest investments for that vehicle are probably over, but there will need to be minor ones along the way in order to keep it running efficiently and smoothly for the next several years for you. Those investments come in the form of maintenance work and even service on the vehicle. Preventative maintenance on the car will be a lot better than not having it done and end up being stranded on the side of the road with a flat, an overheated engine or something even worse.
Have the Vehicle Inspected Regularly
The diagnostic codes are on the dashboard for a reason. When one of those lights comes on, then it is time to stop and see why. It could simply mean something as easy as an oxygen sensor needs to be replaced or it could mean something bigger is looming in the future with the engine. If the engine does not work right on the car, it will not go anywhere. Servicing the engine is as easy as taking it to the service station and having them check it over carefully. They can tell if there are any hoses that need replacing, any leaks or if something major needs to be replaced in the engine block. Depending on what they find will determine the type of fix and the expense that will be heading your way.
The Air Pressure should be Correct
The tires are another type of car repairs that are needed in order for the vehicle to properly drive down the road. Tires can be maintained by a check to see how thick the treads are and if they are cracking or showing other signs of wear that could be harmful to the tire. The tires do not need to be taken off for an exam unless there is already a slow leak in it. The ASE master technicians can take the tire off and look for holes to plug. We will also make sure the pressure is where it should be so you are safely driving down the road.
Check the Brake Pads
Without brakes to stop your car accurately, driving would be a hazard at best. The brakes need to be checked every time you have the tires checked to make sure the brake pads are still thick and working. Any technician can measure the brake pads and give you an estimate of how much is left and when they should be replaced. They will also be able to see if there is bending or warping on the other parts associated with the brake system, like the rotors or the calipers. Do not skip out on having the brakes checked until there is a squeak. A squeak could signal a bigger problem that will cost more money to repair. Replace the brake pads before they get to the squeaking or grinding stage to prevent damage from being done to any other parts of the system.