You didn’t change your oil – Oil acts as a lubricant and prevents metal engine parts from coming in contact with other metal parts. If that happens, an engine can overheat and eventually your metal parts would weld together. Oil includes detergents that carry dirt to your oil filter, where it is filtered out of the oil. If you didn’t change your oil or oil filter, eventually the filter would stop working and dirt would accumulate in the engine and your oil would lose its lubricating qualities. The metal parts in your car would experience premature wear and eventually your engine would seize up and stop working.
You never rotated your tires – Tires wear differently depending where they are located on the car. Tires wear tend to wear faster in the front of the car due to the extra weight (from the engine), braking and turning. The passenger side front tire wears faster the tire on the driver’s side due to fact that right hand turns in the United States are sharper than left hand turns. If you don’t rotate your tires, they’ll experience uneven wear and your tires will need to be replaced sooner. Also, they won’t grip the road properly, affecting your vehicle’s safety and performance.
You never replaced your air filter – A car air filter filters out dust and dirt from the air being drawn into your car engine. Air is needed to help the car run efficiently. A car needs the correct mixture of air and fuel to achieve peek performance. If you don’t change your car’s air filter, it will become clogged and your car engine won’t receive the proper amount of air. Your car’s performance will suffer, your gas mileage will decrease, and eventually your car will stop running altogether.
You never flushed your radiator – Replacing the coolant in your car’s radiator is a preventative measure that should be performed every three to five years. Keeping the car engine running cooler can help extend the life of your automobile. But if your engine is not running hot, replacing the coolant will not make much of a difference in your cars performance.
You didn’t fix your brakes – As your brake pads wear down, more and more of the metal parts that hold the pads in place are exposed. Those metal parts grind on the rotors (what the pads rub against). The metal parts (calipers) will start to wear and so will the rotors. Your break performance will suffer. Along with the brake pads, you will have to replace the calipers and rotors as well, which will double or triple the cost of your break repair.
Don’t find this out on your own or with your car. Form a relationship with a trustworthy auto mechanic and always complete your car’s preventive and scheduled maintenance.
Lament’s Auto Service & Repair, Inc., in Wayne, PA. is a great place to bring your car for its scheduled and preventive maintenance. We’ll only fix what needs to be fixed and do our best to work within your budget.