10 Worst List
In my 40+ years in the business, I’ve seen just about everything. The main reason we repair vehicles is due to owner neglect of maintenance.
For example, we had a customer that never replaced his air filter. To replace it would have run around $20. By not doing this we had to replace the oxygen sensors that ran $250. Thankfully, it didn’t damage the catalytic convertor. Then he would have been looking a $1000 bill.
Here’s a list of little things that can cause major problems if neglected and how to prevent them from becoming headaches.
- Change your oil! Some cars require it more frequently than others, Check your owner’s manual and follow it religiously.
- Don’t put off regularly scheduled maintenance. Manufacturers know what’s best for your car so don’t put it off.
- Never ignore a “check engine” light warning and for gosh sakes don’t disconnect it. If caught early it can be an easy fix, if not you may be looking at a costly repair.
- Check your tire pressure frequently. Not only will it save wear on your tires, it will save you money at the pump.
- Don’t neglect checking your coolant, brake and transmission fluids. Low or contaminated fluid causes major issues.
- Never drive your vehicle when overheated. When that warning light comes you’ve got a problem. Don’t make it worse.
- Change your fuel and air filters. They are lot cheaper to replace than the resulting damage that they may cause.
- Whether you bring your vehicle to us for repair, or someone else make sure they are qualified. We get a lot of vehicles in that someone else “repaired.”
- Depending on the manufacturer and your situation generic parts might be fine for you, but OEM parts are always the best.
- If you own a new “High-tech” vehicle don’t try to service it yourself. We’ve seen a lot of well-intentioned DIYers cause themselves major problems. It’s a lot trickier than it looks.