Too often we get comfortable with our cars, thinking they’ll last forever, especially when they’re brand new. We grow so comfortable that we neglect the important, regular maintenance items that will keep them running well for up to 200,000 miles and more.
Naturally people are conditioned to the thought process of, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” so they let a lot of these maintenance items slip because there isn’t currently a problem with their vehicle. Similar to the way most people don’t visit the dentist unless they feel like they might have a cavity. When it comes to your vehicle maintenance it’s important to understand that this routine maintenance will not only end up saving you money in the long run but it will allow you to build more equity in your vehicle which will come in handy if you ever need an auto title loan.
The following are 8 of the most commonly forgotten car maintenance items throughout the life of a car.
First, letting your brakes wear down. Have you ever felt your car start shaking and hear grinding as you brake? That’s a sign that your brakes are just about to fail. You don’t want to risk getting anywhere near this level. Change them when they squeal or get too thin. Don’t continue to drive on them.
Second, rotate your tires. Your tread will wear out unevenly depending on the tire’s location, ie. front-right, back-left, etc. To redistribute that wear, have your tires rotated every six months. Every tire shop does it the same way.
Third, check your gas cap. Over the years, your gas cap can lose its seal. The rubber warps or breaks. You lose gas mileage and often make your “check engine light” come on. When you see your gas cap is getting old, pick up a new one and swap it out. They are usually cheap and easy to replace yourself.
Fourth, clean out your garage so you can get your car in there. This isn’t a traditional maintenance item, but it is an important one that many forget about. A car is an investment, and exposing it to the outside elements for years can do a number to your car, and not just at the cosmetic level, ie. paint. Clean out the garage and fit your cars in there. Most of that junk you’ll never use again anyway. Sell the junk and keep what you need.
Fifth, replace your tires when they get worn out. Worn out doesn’t mean until they pop or the tire is completely bald. In fact, the closer you get to bald, the more likely you are to get a blow-out, not to mention you lose all traction on slippery roads. Your state likely has a legal limit for how short your tire tread is. Find out what’s legal for you and keep an eye on your tread depth. Replace tires that are worn out to make sure you make it safely from point A to point B.
Sixth, stay on top of your oil changes. Depending on what kind of oil you get, you’ll only need to come in once every 3,000 to 7,000 miles. Whatever the recommendation your oil gives you, stick to it. The consequence of not doing so is dirty oil passing through your engine. The more debris that makes it through means more damage to the engine. Also, if you’re not keeping track of your oil levels, your engine could be burning more oil than you’re putting in. Should your oil run too low, your engine could seize up because temperatures run too hot. Not only does your oil keep the engine lubricated, but it also helps transfer heat out.
Seven, keep up your air filter. It’s easy to put off this particular task since it’s hard to know when to trust your mechanic. It seems like they’re always talking to you about your filter, even when it doesn’t need to be replaced. How do you know when your filter needs to be replaced then?
To answer this question, you should understand what the filter does. Your engine requires a proper mixture of air and gasoline to run most efficiently. Your car sucks in enough air to mix with the fuel as it moves through the engine. The last thing you want to come in with that air is any dirt or debris from the earth. The debris will hurt the inside of your engine. An air filter is placed in the way of all incoming air to catch all the debris. The filter can get so dirty that it actually blocks air flow, changing the air-gasoline mixture and reducing your engine’s effectiveness. You can usually tell that your filter is too dirty because the dirt looks caked onto the fibers. Change it before it reaches that point and don’t be afraid of a little dirt.
Eight, change your windshield wipers out. Too often drivers don’t think about their windshield wipers because they don’t use them very often. They’ll go well over a year without changing their wipers. In the meantime, the rubber on the blades have started to crack, rip, and break, making them ineffective. When they start missing large sections of water, you know it’s time to change them. Make an effort to keep track of your windshield wipers.
Keep on top of your car maintenance to keep it running forever. The more value it maintains, the better it runs for a lifetime. It also helps you get a comfortable title loan should you ever need the financial help. With a title loan, your car title can be briefly handed over to a lending agency to help you get money you need. As soon as the loan is paid off, the title is returned.