If you ignore your vehicle’s maintenance services to save money – you might be in for an expensive and unpleasant surprise! Not following your car’s maintenance service schedule actually increases your risk of mechanical failure, and trust us, that will cost you much more time and money in the long run.
Most likely, skipping or ignoring car maintenance services will greatly shorten the life of your vehicle, and maintaining your current car is significantly less expensive than buying a new one.
Here are some of our recommendations on the best car maintenance services you should not avoid.
Air and fuel filter costs are low compared to the potential damage that old filters can cause on your vehicle.
In addition to engine air filter replacement, it’s important to keep up with the air filter that prevents contaminants from entering your car’s cooling system. Most modern cooling systems are versatile and effective at cooling your car, but an older air filter can cause your vehicle to wear out faster – because it can’t breathe as well.
A simple filter check can help you avoid unnecessary services and repairs, and that ultimately saves you money. Make an appointment with Marlow Automotive, and we’ll check your filters and other systems to see if any replacements are necessary.
Your car needs to breathe and use clean fuel to run efficiently. Let us make sure your filters are doing what they need to do to keep your car working well and for the long haul.
Timing belts connect crankshafts to the camshafts. Some engines have external belts, while others use internal belts, but regardless of where they are placed, these are incredibly important to the function of your engine.
A slipping or broken timing belt can not only keep your engine from running but it can also destroy the internals of the engine itself if the valves and pistons collide. This is a huge repair! Avoid it by a regular maintenance schedule for your timing belt.
If your odometer is over 70,000, you might need to get your timing belt checked. Is your “service engine” light coming on? Then get that vehicle in ASAP to Marlow Automotive.
Your wheel alignment can affect how your car handles and the life of your tires, suspension, and more!
Everything from potholes to normal wear and tear can cause alignment issues, or something large, like hitting a curb. But when your wheel alignment is out, and you feel your car pulling to one side, it’s something you have to fix immediately.
Misalignment can lead to uneven and premature tire wear, so make sure you get your tires rotated and your alignment checked often. An annual wheel alignment is a simple way to help extend the life of your vehicle.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water out of the air! And though this is a fun fact, it can be damaging for your brake system.
Over time, the water that gets into your reservoir can corrode the internal workings of your brakes’ system. You can use a dip strip to test your brake fluid or, bring it into Marlow Automotive. If we find that your brake fluid is a dark brown color, it is old and contaminated and should be flushed and replaced with new fluid.
Unless your power steering is causing you an issue right now, this part of your car’s maintenance services might be out of sight, out of mind. However, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Power steering is often looked over until it’s too late. But throughout the life of your vehicle, the fluid in your power steering system can gather dirt, moisture, and debris, this can eventually cause total failure to your vehicle!
Using a power steering fluid additive and having your system occasionally flushed can help keep it working for longer – which saves you money. If it’s too late for your vehicle’s power steering, check out Marlow’s Power Steering Services.