Car Maintenance Schedules Can Be Complicate for Families with Several Vehicles

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Car service, Glass replacement, Oil filter

Brake service

Do you ever feel like you are running or maintaining a used car lot?

From making sure that the power steering is working on your wife’s SUV to taking care of the wiper replacement on your teenage daughter’s car, the automotive head of some families can be very busy. The cars that we depend on are a real advantage when everything is working, but they can be a real challenge when something goes wrong. Finding the time to replace the power steering in an SUV, for instance, often means missing out on a son or daughter’s weekend soccer tournament. Finding a day for a windshield repair can mean missing going out for lunch with a group of friends from work.
For these reasons, it is important to make sure that you find available resources who can help you solve the problems that you have when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly and safely. From getting your oil changes on a regular basis to making sure that your brake service is current, families with multiple cars often find themselves juggling their schedules on a weekly basis. Whether you are able to take care of most of your car concerns yourself or you have a favorite mechanic who you rely on, car maintenance is an important part of many lives.

Consider some of these maintenance tips and requirements that keep many families busy:

  • 18% of vehicles had low or contaminated brake fluid, according to a recent car maintenance survey.
  • 16% of vehicles had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels, according to a recent car maintenance survey.
  • 77% of cars were in need of maintenance or repairs, according to a recent car maintenance survey.
  • 16% of cars need new windshield wipers, according to a recent Car Care Council survey.
  • 53% of windshield cracks, repairs, and replacements are from what is called a long crack, a crack seven to 12 inches in length.
  • 90% of stone breaks like stars and bullseyes in windshields never crack, and are typically know as floater cracks.

If you are the person in your family who is in charge of car maintenance, you likely understand the difficulty in making sure that every car is filled with gas, has its oil changed and its brakes serviced. When a problem develops with the power steering or other systems, finding the time and money to get those items fixed can be even more complicated.

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