Category Archives: Maintenance on a Budget

Car maintenance by the numbers

Car maintenance by the numbers

A recent study conducted by the non-profit Car Care Council confirmed what any car repair technician could have told you – almost every vehicle on the road is need of some sort of maintenance. During last year’s car care events a full 84 percent of vehicles failed at least one aspect of the inspections. For some reason, that number is up five whole percentage points over the same study done the year before.Here are the top culprits when it comes to overdue car maintenance: Low washer fluid Low or dirty motor oil Low, leaky or degraded coolant Low or dirty power steering fluid Low or dirty brake fluid Low or discolored transmission fluid Dirty air filter Worn belts and hoses Corroded battery cables, terminals and clamps Worn out windshield wipers Burned out lights Worn and improperly inflated tires In addition, 13 percent of cars inspected had a “check engine” light on which was being ignored by the owner.W ... read more

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

One thing which seems to sneak up and ruin many budgets is car repair. While you still have a clean financial slate in front of you for 2015, why not add regular car maintenance as a budget line item. Regular maintenance increases the safety and reliability of your vehicle, as well as prolonging its life. It doesn’t guarantee a lack of problems, but can reduce the likelihood of major repairs. So what items should be on your maintenance schedule and why? Engine oil is as vital to your car’s health as blood is to yours. Conventional engine oil lubricates, removes heat, prevents corrosion and sludge, and keeps the inside of the engine clean. Full synthetic oil does an even better job at all this. However, all oils eventually wear out over time, losing their ability to perform as needed. Regular oil changes help prevent various, and varying degrees, of engine damage. You know it’s time to change your oil either from a lube oil window sticker or your gauges. Fluid ... read more

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