Keeping a dirty car. When you allow your vehicle to go to long without a wash, leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the chance for rust from road salt and can interfere with proper visibility needed for safe driving. (windows). OK A LITTLE OVER THE EDGE!!!!!!
Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road. The Key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is rountine maintenance. 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil 13%had low or contaminated brake fluid 18% had dirty air filters 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels 16% needed new windshield wiper and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid 18% needed new belts Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of a least one service or repair.
Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance. Didn’t realize there were so many steps in just checking the tire, don’t you just look at it?! Understandin the primary function of tread on a tire: it is to divert water to improve traction and avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. Look at tread pattern. All tires have “tread wear bars”. Small bridges that form between treads, when tread bars are even with tire’s tread, replace your tires. Check with “penny or quarter test”, depending on tire size. If you see top of presidents head replace tire immediately. If only hair showing on presidents head time to go shopping for tires. If you can’t see hair on top of had, tires do not need to be replaced. Use a tread depth indicator or guage Know legal re ... read more
FAILING TO CHANGE FLUIDS Here are the 5 fluids that need to be changed in your car: Engine Oil-recommended that you check your oil every time you get gas, most modern cars though say once a month. Depending on car, manufacturer and year change oil every 3,000 miles or every 6 months. Transmission Oil-check monthly, typically change between every 50,000 to 100,00 miles but it does vary from car to car and depends on transmission type. Coolant-check twice yearly: before summer & before winter, replace every 2-3 years, again depending on how hard you drive your car and where. Power Steering Fluid-Check once a month, replace between 50,000 miles or never most car manual recommend keeping the power steering fluid levels topped off. Brake Fluid-Check every time you change your oil, replace about every 2 years, or as needed in your driving conditions.
Ignoring Your Check Engine Light. Ignoring this little light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. This warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is a simple fix such as a loose or damaged gas cap. If the indicator light is blinking, the situation is usually serious, such as a severe misfiring of the engine slow the car down, find a safe place to stop and call us at Ricks Auto Service, here in MIshawka, IN. A steady light is not an emergency situation, you can continue driving(not a whole lot though), you should schedule an appoint with us. We do have free loaner cars, so you can get in out and on your way, we will call you before we do any service with your car once it is checked out.
This List says it all, will go into depth on each one in the following blogs
Heed the Warning Signs. Your vehicle has a way of communicating trouble that will come your way. The dashboard has many many Warning Lights, such as check engine light, telling you that key vehicle systems need to be inspected as soon as possible. PAY ATTENTION, to any new or unusual vehicle sounds such as hissing, squealing, thumping or grinding as they do indicate a problem. What about smells? Such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or sweet smell of syrup usually indicate a serious problem
Regular Maintenance is Key. Keeping your Vehicle on a regular Service Schedule is key to the cars longevity. Keeping fluid and filters changed or flushed, tire checks and other routine maintenance up to date continues to keep your car running well. As your car ages, some of the car parts and components do wear our or become damaged, so the smart investment is to replace these normal wear items before long-term damage happens. We send out by email or post card free custom service schedules for your vehicle
Auto Care: An easy resolution that makes sense. Caring for your current vehicle is an easy New Year’s resolution to keep. With our new Reports, we let you know what needs to be done on your vehicle and when. We will email, if no email, send a post card, to let you know what needs to be done. I know the Holiday Season is hard on your budget, but Auto Care makes financial sense, protecting the trade-in value and postponing the sting of new car prices. A new passenger vehicle has risen in price to nearly $34,000 according to Kelley Blue Book, the average vehicle age is 11.6 years. The good news is that today’s vehicles are lasting longer than ever before, by following three simple auto care tips: Regular Maintenance is Key Heed the Warning Signs Keep it Clean We will go into depth to let you know what each Auto Care Tip means for you
What is a Cabin Filter and why should I change it? Changing your Cabin Air Filter before winter sets in is important, that filter has been working hard all fall, summer & spring. The cabin air filter cleans the incoming air and removes allergens. It should be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles(check your owner’s manual). The filter helps to trap the pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that try to find their way in the air & hating conditioning and ventilation systems. Bring your vehicle to Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka IN