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The Consequences of Neglecting Your Car's Maintenance Schedule

Last updated 5 years ago

Following the maintenance schedule in your car owner’s manual is not optional, but mandatory. These routine auto service appointments are essential to keeping your car in prime driving condition. You don’t need to pay exorbitant prices at a dealership to get expert service for your car—instead, you can bring it to Greulich's Automotive Service & Collision. Here’s what you can expect if you neglect your car’s maintenance schedule:

Engine Sludge

You need to use a high-quality motor oil to reduce friction in your engine and protect its metal components from wear and tear. Have the oil changed at regular intervals, as recommended in your car’s owner’s manual, or else the oil will break down and eventually turn into engine sludge. This thick, grimy substance provides no lubrication and will damage your engine.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

As a part of regularly scheduled maintenance, your auto service professional will check your car’s transmission fluid and filters. If you don’t refill or flush your transmission fluid at the right times, your car will not shift properly. If you don’t change your air filter, your fuel injection system can become clogged. A malfunctioning transmission and dirty air filter can greatly reduce your car’s fuel economy, meaning you’ll spend more money at the gas pump.

Premature Tire Wear

You should have your tires rotated every 15,000 miles or so in order to promote even wear, particularly if your car is front- or rear-wheel drive. Neglecting tire rotation will result in uneven patches on the tread, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Also, routine car inspections can ensure that your wheels and tires are properly balanced for a smoother ride.

Visit one of the 13 locations that Greulich's Automotive Service & Collision has around the Valley, and you will receive top-notch, AAA-approved automotive repairs. Our technicians can provide any type of auto service, including post-collision bodywork and factory-scheduled maintenance. Call us at (480) 389-2358 to make an appointment.


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