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Ignoring Minor Problems: Five Easy Ways To Kill Your Car

Last updated 7 years ago

We’ve all done it. We’ve heard the engine knock a little, or felt it drift a bit to one side, and not taken care of it right away.

Sometimes, we procrastinate to see if the problem goes away on its own. Usually, however, we are laboring under the mistaken assumption that if we don’t take it to the shop, nothing is actually wrong. We realize Auto repair is important; but to keep your car running you need to do more than just filling up your car with gas or turning the key. Staying on top of minor problems can keep you from needing more serious auto repair in the future; it can also keep you out of auto collisions.

Any auto body repair shop will tell you the opposite: Ignoring minor problems does not make them go away.  Rather, ignoring minor problems can make your car very dead.

  1. Vehicle pulls to one side
    At the time, this problem never seems big. All of us just correct our steering a little and continue on our way. This drifting to the left or right is a sign that the vehicle is out of alignment, which destroys tires. It is an easy fix, but can cause blow-outs if not taken care of.
  2. Leaks
    Your car has numerous different types of fluids all working to keep the car running optimally. Most leaks are minor and unnoticeable while driving. For instance, many people don’t notice a radiator fluid leak until their car is overheating.
  3. Squeaky brakes
    This is serious. If you notice your brakes squeaking, get it fixed immediately. Hardly anybody does, however. Squeaky brakes may just be dirt, but it is more likely to be loose fittings or a bad brake pad. Your brakes keep you from getting into auto collisions, so repair them.
  4. Cracked windshield
    This is a problem that is most likely to be put off. But cracks and chips in the windshield damage more than just the glass—they impair your ability to see out of the windshield. Cracks and chips will get bigger the longer you let them sit, so getting them fixed early can keep the auto repair costs down while keeping you safe.
  5. Tire pressure
    Keeping your tires properly inflated does a lot more than keep your gas mileage up. Properly inflated tires withstand road hazards more effectively and are less likely to go flat.

For more information, please give Greulich’s Automotive Service a call at (480) 483-8186, or visit our website. With 13 Valley locations to service your auto body repair needs, odds are good that we have a location near you. Come in today and get your minor auto repair done so that we don’t have to see you down the road for more serious auto repair.

 

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