We've all heard about things like oil changes, and it's hard to delay replacing worn-out wipers, but many people don't think about maintenance when their vehicles reach milestones such as 60,000, 50,000, or 100,000 miles. This can mean financially devastating problems such as premature failure or even complete failure like a cracked engine block. It could also mean you're more likely to get lied to by mechanics.
Start getting the information you need:
- Check out your manual: Autos should have a booklet just for their make and model, and these small books go over the maker's word on maintenance for your auto. A lot of drivers don't know that these recommendations can vary substantially, so they end up relying on what potentially confabulating mechanics say about what their auto requires. We know the correct maintenance suggestions for each auto we service at Christian Brothers Automotive in Knoxville, TN, but you can't rely on all mechanics. If you do, it could mean paying far too much money.
- Keep track: Have you ever panicked because that sticker on your windshield about your next oil change went missing? Making a quick log of all the work done can solve everything. You can use a list to track oil changes, and you can also track stuff like wipers, timing belt replacement, hose replacement and flushes with this simple trick. To go a step further, consider adding mileage and information about oil checks.
- Write up a checklist: Forgetting about car maintenance is common, but a good method for getting it all done is to make a list of everything your auto requires right when you buy it. Then, check off each item as your vehicle reaches at the various milestones. If you're not crazy about keeping a notebook, you can find digital solutions for the job.
- Don't forget car washes: Looking good is not the same as working properly, but keeping your car clean from roof to bumper to undercarriage can be considered part of upkeep. If you don't regularly visit the car wash, the dirt will harm your paint and undercarriage.