Given that cars are important investments, car owners are always encouraged to practice proper car maintenance, but it can’t be helped that errors may set in (we’re all human right?).
To ensure that your car doesn’t turn out to be an investment gone badly, you must exercise responsibility in taking good care of it, particularly during maintenance work. Here are the five most common instances where car maintenance mistakes take place. Read on to find out what to avoid and how to deal with them moving forward.
1. Taking the smallest things for granted
Always remember that even the most seemingly-insignificant things matter a lot when it comes to car maintenance.
2. Neglecting the air filter
Don’t think of the air filter as a component that can be dealt with just by cleaning it.
3. Skipping on inspecting car fluids
Several motorists have compromised their cars’ performance simply because they neglected the importance of replenishing the various fluids their cars have.
4. Overlooking brake pads
Having a case of bad brakes can never be part of good news for every motorist.
5. Overlooking tire conditions
There are several things that can happen when you neglect your car’s tires, the most common being tire blowouts and loss of vehicular control leading to crashes.
6. Driving with an overheated engine
Obviously, an overheated engine should prompt you to stop driving already, lest you wish to flirt with the idea of your car getting caught in flames. In case of engine overheating, dial for roadside assistance or a towing service.
7. Proceeding with DIY without proper knowledge
Again, car maintenance is truly a DIY thing. But in cases where you do not have the proper know-how, you should not risk doing things on your own.
8. Ignoring your windshield wipers
In most cases, windshield wipers can easily be overlooked as their replacement tends to be the least concern of some car owners.
9. Neglecting your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light
Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light indicates whether your tires need to have their tire pressure increased.
10. Disregarding the Check Engine warning light
Sure, your car may still operate normally with your Check Engine warning light already glaring on your dashboard. But the thing is, you should never keep your complacency high when your Check Engine warning light starts lighting up.
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