Much like any other machine, automobiles need care and maintenance on a regular basis for it to operate as expected. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. Vehicles that failed to receive regular scheduled maintenance are unreliable and could possibly malfunction while running.
As you are in the process of deciding either to buy or rent a car, it is a must that you are mindful of how often you should do a check on fluids and parts. Luckily, the owner’s manual can provide you with the optimal schedule for recommended maintenance either by time or mileage.
Keep in mind that whenever the car isn’t tuned up properly, it may experience internal damage, putting the driver’s safety at risk. Even small internal damage might transform to a bigger issue in the future. For a car to run smoothly, the parts that compose it should be able to work in balance. Just a single issue with one part can cause the others to fail, leaving you stranded or even become the root cause of a serious accident. Aside from that, these small problems that can cause serious internal damage can be quite expensive as well when it’s repaired.
Depending on the part in question will determine the frequency of its diagnosis. As per expert’s advice however, it is best if you are going to take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The engine oil of your vehicle should be replaced with a new one at every tune-up while other fluids similar to power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid must be checked for dirt or leaks. Tires on the other hand need to be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to make sure that they don’t unevenly wear. To have an idea with the guidelines for maintenance, it will be highly recommended to read the owner’s manual.
There are numerous safety concerns that have to be checked on a yearly basis especially during state inspection but expect more problems to arise on inspections in between. As much as possible, you should create an interval for doing car maintenance within a year to increase the odds of finding potentially big problems while on their early stages and make it affordable. Doing preventative maintenance can also save you from horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
When you take your car for inspection or tune-up, the mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car. So don’t be afraid to ask if they are properly trained and qualified to carry out inspections and repairs.