American love their cars. Like, they really, really love their cars. After all, it’s often said that cars are simply an extension of the personality of the person behind the wheel driving it! But for as much as Americans love their cars, they sure do neglect them! Did you know that neglecting, putting off, or flat out disregarding car repairs not only costs car owners a pretty penny — or two or three or hundreds or thousands — but it also cost the United States economy as a whole over $2 billion annually? Ouch.
You’ve probably heard the saying that proper preparation prevents poor performance and if there’s anywhere that is most appropriate for this saying to be applied it’s vehicle maintenance services. Just like your own personal health and well being, you should never wait until a problem actually occurs before doing everything in your power to prevent it from evening happening in the first place. The best way to do this is by staying on top of any automotive repair services necessary in order to keep your vehicle running efficiently. If you really love your vehicle, you’ll do a lot more to take care of it aside from washing it, waxing it, and showing it off to the neighbors next door!
One of the most important and often overlooked ways to maintain your vehicle is to take care of the transmission. A vehicle’s transmission is one of the most important systems of a car and is integral to it’s overall efficiency, safety, performance, and quality. As such, transmission repairs can be quite expensive, especially if they’ve been put off or neglected for some time. Like most problems, ignoring a poorly performing transmission will only make the problem worse or more expensive. If you suspect something may be off with your transmission, it’s best to address the issue head on by scheduling a transmission checkup with your local repair shop right away.
Extending the lifespan of your vehicle
Aside from regular transmission maintenance, there are other things homeowners can do in order to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to lifespan of their vehicle. Read on to discover how to extend the lifespan of your vehicle by caring for it properly!
Double and triple check fluids and tire pressure on a regular basis
This is one simple vehicle maintenance task that only takes about ten minutes or so but can save countless dollars in repairs, hassle, and time spent schlepping your car back and forth between mechanics. When the engine is cool, open the hood and use a rag to check your oil dipstick. And while you’re at it, use this time to check one of the most important vehicle fluids of all — the engine fluid! Also be sure to check both the radiator overflow reservoir levels as well as the brake cylinder reservoir. Oh and the power steering fluid too. It also doesn’t hurt to quickly check any visible hoses and belts for signs of damage.
Last but not least, check the tire pressure and make sure it’s at the proper amount according to the vehicle’s owner manual. The correct amount of tire pressure allows a vehicle to drive more safely and efficiently, which in turn saves money on fuel costs and reduces the vehicles environmental impact.
Don’t drive too fast or too furiously
It might be fun and feel good to rev your engine and fly off out of your driveway or at a stop light, but in reality it’s a dumb move. If you truly care about your vehicle, then remember it’s not a race car so you shouldn’t treat it or drive it like one. Not only is this incredibly dangerous, irresponsible and inconsiderate to other people’s lives, but it’s also unnecessarily taxing on your vehicle. Accelerating too hard and too fast and too furious will only leave you without a car — or your life — in the end.
Sometimes it pays to turn the radio down and your hearing up in order to listen up for any troubling sounds that may indicate a problem.