Jan
03

Three Things You Need To Keep In Mind About Vehicle Maintenance

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Auto repair services, Car maintenance virginia beach

Vehicle repair

We all know, technically, that keeping our vehicles well-maintained is important. It’s an intellectual thing — the better your vehicle runs, the safer it is in the long term. At the same time, vehicle maintenance is a chore in more ways than one. It’s boring and inconveniencing — it can take up an entire day or even several days to have a proper vehicle repair accomplished. On the other hand, vehicle maintenance services are also quite expensive. We drag our feet and wait as long as possible to have them done — when we really shouldn’t. The longer we wait to have vehicle maintenance and auto repairs finished, the more likely we are to be in care accidents that can injure not only us, but people driving around us. With that being said, there are ways that you can be proactive in regards to vehicle maintenance. One of the best ways is to be aware of small things that you can catch on your own and have repaired quickly. There’s also the matter of prioritizing some repairs over the others — while a paint job can be waited upon, a tire replacement is another matter entirely. Below, we’ll look at some of the things you need to be aware of ahead of time — and what you’ll need to visit an auto mechanic for.

1. Tire Issues

Tires are crucial, and are often neglected until they are “bald” — that is to say, not flat but basically without traction. A tire replacement typically needs to be done on a regular basis, ideally before the wear and tear begins to visually show. Whether or not a car can continue driving on tires isn’t really the issue — it’s whether or not it should. Typically, a car’s tires need to be replaced if their treads have been worn down to 6/32nds of an inch. If a tire “blows” in the middle of a drive, this can lead to an accident and all that comes with it. For that matter, the wear and tear of the tires isn’t the only problem at hand. Tires also need to be properly aligned. A misaligned tire can lead to accidents just as easily as a worn tire can. It’s recommended that a typical set of tires should get its alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Conversely, this same check can be done when a car’s oil is changed — much can happen when this check is done, so why not have the alignment of your tires checked as well? Remember to have all of your winter tires installed should you have a vehicle that needs them — whether you drive a four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive.

2. Brake Problems

Brakes must be taken seriously. Luckily, most people have at least a vague idea that brakes are important. Without properly working brakes, your car can be in a serious accident. In fact, it’s basically impossible to drive, and with good reason. A typical set of brakes can last from 25,000 to 50,000 miles. A proper vehicle inspection can rule out any issues with breaks, but if it seems like it’s been a long time since they were checked — or for that matter, if it seems that they have any problems whatsoever — take your car in to an auto mechanic’s garage.

3. Timing Belt Issues

Unless you’re a car enthusiast, you may not even know what a timing belt is. A timing belt is the part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of an engine’s crankshaft and the camshafts so that the engine’s valves will open and close at the right times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. Usually, a timing belt should be replaced between every 60,000 and 90,000 miles. However, if you aren’t sure you should consult your owner’s manual. An owner’s manual is just one of the useful resources that can save you a lot of time and money.

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