A car isn’t going to look after itself. While some manufacturers may be working on a car that can maintain itself, it’s probably not going to be achieved any time soon. We’ve not long got cars driving themselves, remember!
But a lot of people out there seem to think their cars are already taking care of themselves. At least, that’s what we must assume, because a lot of people aren’t maintaining their cars properly. The vast majority of people seems to leave it to the experts to find problems – and they only seem to take it to experts once their car has started acting up, at which point it’s a little bit too late!
Not maintaining your car could have a lot of negative effects for you – effects that are going to end up being very expensive. Here are the most common problems that occur if you don’t give your car the regular maintenance it needs.
Even when people talk about car maintenance, they rarely talk much about tire maintenance outside of occasionally giving them a light kick to ensure they have enough air in them. Something you should be doing is rotating your tires. Every seven thousand miles or so, you should switch your tires around from front to rear and vice versa. This helps them wear out evenly – if they don’t wear out evenly, you may suffer problems with your handling. The front tires tend to be the ones that wear out fastest. This is because, in most cars, the front tires are the ones that do all the turning dictated by the steering wheel. Lack of tire maintenance also means you’ll also have to replace tires much sooner, which can be a lot more expensive than you might think.
Do you have an oil leak? You should be able to answer this question right away, because you should be inspecting the health of your oil systems often. In fact, it’s recommended that you change your oil completely every three or four months or so. If you’re having oil problems, then your engine won’t remain clean and lubricated. And if that happens, then it can result in a rapid deterioration of several parts of your engine, causing it to eventually break. And an engine replacement is not cheap. Of course, when it comes to oil changes, your mileage may vary. Every three months may work for some, but others may require longer intervals. Always check the manual of your car for the definitive answer!
Got your attention with that one, right? The fact is that a lack of car maintenance can result in deadly car crashes, especially when you consider the fact that you may be neglecting your brake pads and shoes. These wear down over time. The less effective your breaks are, the more danger you’re in every time you drive your car. The same caveat really applies to many of the problems highlighted in this article. Broken engines, worn-out tires, and warped handling can all contribute to a nasty car accident. So, in case you haven’t got the gist yet: keep your car maintained!