Ward off scary auto expenses
Posted By MyGuy
Can you feel it? Fall has finally set in on the great state of Arizona
and there's no better time to get out and hit the open road. Autumn
leaves, pumpkin festivals and beautiful scenery wait. But before you hit
the trail, now is a great time step back and take inventory of your vehicle.
The side of the road is not the greatest way to enjoy autumn, checking
a few basic things will help make sure you’re fall adventure is
memorable in the best of ways. Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember
tips that you can do yourself.
You should check your tire pressure at least once a month to ensure tires
are not under- or over-inflated. Low pressure in the tires can increase
wear and fuel consumption, while having too much pressure may reduce traction.
Keeping tires properly aligned will also help assure longer tire life
and improve fuel economy.
Summer wreaks havoc on tires and the heat may have tipped your treads over
the edge. Check for cracks or worn edges.
Dirty oil will increase engine wear, while low oil levels can lead to
overheating. If the oil level drops too low, lubrication will be lost
and severe engine damage can result. Regular oil changes will add longevity
to your engine.
Ignoring the signs of bad brakes is a huge mistake. We've all heard
that squealing or grinding sound and said "I'll get it looked
at next week", but the longer you wait the more you can risk serious
damage to your car. When your brakes are making noise think of it as a
baby crying out to its mother, don't ignore it!
The good news is that you can stop all of these problems from ever occurring
with regularly scheduled maintenance. Just like our own health, the key
to longevity is routine checkups and early detection. Also, use your senses
of sight, sound and smell to keep tabs on your car. Most of the problems
you will have start with a "weird sound", "funny smell",
or everyone's favorite, the check engine light. So why not get a checkup
today, and make sure your ride is ready for that great fall journey?
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