Car maintenance is something that many people put off until “tomorrow” or “next week,” but waiting can cause major problems down the road. Today, we’re going to look at 3 regular car maintenance items you shouldn’t put off for too long—tire pressure, fluid levels, and brake pads.
How often do you check your car’s tire pressure? It might be a good idea to start doing this more regularly. There are many benefits of checking the air in your tires every month. For starters, it’s an easy task that doesn’t take much time to do. It’s also a good way to avoid any unwanted surprises, like getting stranded because you didn’t know your tire was flat or running over the curb and ruining all four tires when one of them is low on air.
A few other benefits include:
– Decreased fuel consumption due to smaller rolling resistance in the tires.
– Increase in driving safety due to better handling of the car.
– A decrease in tread wear on tires, which could lead to more tire replacements and repairs down the road.
Checking your car’s tire pressure regularly is important for your car’s overall health and longevity, even if you don’t see any issues at first glance.
Checking your fluid levels on a regular basis not only helps your car run more smoothly but can also help you detect potential leaks or other problems. These fluids include your oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant. For example, prolonged oil leaks can lead to engine damage, and putting off that power steering fluid leak might land you in the repair shop with a broken alternator. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your car’s fluids!
If you find out your car’s brake pads are worn down, don’t delay with getting them replaced. Waiting too long to replace them could lead to an otherwise-avoidable car accident or more expensive repairs like replacing your rotors. If you hear your car making a squealing or screeching sound when you brake, take your car to a maintenance or repair shop sooner than later.
If you haven’t taken care of these three things recently, it’s time to do so. Whether you check them yourself or take your car to your local auto repair shop, your car will thank you in the long ru