Keeping up with routine car maintenance can be a bit of a hassle, and it can be tempting to put it off or skip it completely due to the added expenses. But this routine maintenance is imperative for your car to function properly, and without sticking to your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule, you potentially face very costly problems later on.
Here are some ways that routine maintenance can save you money in the long run:
Getting regular oil changes is one of the simplest ways to avoid expensive repairs later on. Routine oil changes prevent sludge and debris from accumulating, and without oil changes, your engine could fail. Replacing a car engine can be very expensive; depending on labor costs and your specific vehicle, you might have to spend as much as $6,000 to replace it. Be sure to follow your car’s recommended oil change schedule and don’t postpone oil changes when they’re due.
Tire inflation and rotation
Tire pressure changes often, especially with climate changes, so it’s important to check it regularly. If your tires are underinflated, you risk tire blowouts—this isn’t just expensive to fix, but they can be dangerous as well. It’s also important to rotate tires regularly because front tires usually wear down quicker than back tires. Routine rotation can help prolong the life of your tires, which can be costly to replace.
Failing to regularly get your transmission flushed can cause it to get clogged and fail, and you’ll need to get your transmission replaced if this happens. Check your car’s manual to find out what the recommend schedule is for your specific vehicle.
Brake pad replacement
If your brakes are squeaking, it usually means that it’s time to replace the brake pads. Ignoring the issue and failing to replace the brake pads might eventually cause the rotors to need replacing, which is much more expensive than brake pad replacement.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.