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Preventative Maintenance - Is It Worth It? Yes!

"Preventative Maintenance of your vehicle" - you've probably heard it before; but does it really make a difference?


Your vehicle is probably your second largest investment after your home. To put it frankly, preventative maintenance saves you money. By "spending a little, you save a lot". Preventative maintenance keeps your vehicle running smoothly, efficiently (read mpg) and catches small problems before they become big, expensive problems. It extends the life of your vehicle.

After you're done with your car payments, your vehicle starts paying you back. The better maintained your vehicle, the more years you enjoy reward.

Preventative maintenance is also about safety - your safety and your family's. Courtesy inspections, done during routine services, like oil changes and tire rotations, screen for potentially dangerous mechanical breakdowns such as tire blowouts, poor brakes, cracked hoses or belts or hub bearing that can seize up. All of these failures could leave you stuck with a broken down car or worse...

Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Following a routine maintenance program makes financial sense, extending useful vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road.”

The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best for the long haul:

  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  1. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  1. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  1. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  1. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  1. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
  1. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
  1. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  1. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  1. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

 

Ask about Brenham Tire and Auto Center's no-charge 26 point courtesy inspection of your vehicle  when you schedule your next appointment with us. Thank you for your business and thank you for  trusting us with your vehicles!


Written on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Lauren
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