07 May 2020
inside of a car's engine

Keep your vehicle in good running condition by avoiding maintenance mishaps.

 

Our cars keep us running from A to B. Yet, so many cars are neglected to the point where they are not roadworthy. Car ownership is expensive, and often other things take priority over motor maintenance. However, there are plenty of ways in which you can work to keep car maintenance costs low by avoiding common mishaps. Here are just a few to watch out for.

 

Not checking the tire pressure

Tire pressure is not just about avoiding flat tires—although that should be reason enough to check them regularly—it’s also about fuel economy. If your tires are underinflated, it could be causing your car to use more gas than necessary. Be sure to check at least once a month that your tires are at the right pressure.

 

Neglecting oil changes

It’s true that newer vehicles need fewer oil changes than older cars, but they still need to be considered. If you have a new car and don’t have an oil light, don’t leave it longer than every 8,000-10,000 miles before you have an oil change. Old oil or no oil will damage your engine.

 

Ignoring fluid checks

Just as you need to change your oil regularly, other fluids are equally important in making sure that your engine runs smoothly. Coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and more are all essential. Neglecting these fluids can be costly.

 

Using old wipers

Windshield wipers are an incredibly cheap and easy thing to replace. Yet, plenty of people are still driving in adverse weather conditions, unable to see correctly because of old wiper blades. If your blades are leaving streaks on the window or have cracks in the blade, then it’s time to replace them. Around every six months, it’s worth getting a new set.

 

These are common car maintenance fails that you can avoid in order to keep your car running smoothly. Are you looking for more ways to protect your car and pocket? Talk to the team of professionals at Sausman Insurance Agency for help finding reliable auto insurance coverage. We serve Mifflintown, Millersburg, and beyond with quality policies.