No matter what type of vehicle you drive, your car requires regular maintenance in order to provide you with safe, efficient, and high quality performance. To provide your automobile with the best possible repairs, you should consult with your mechanic and your owner’s manual. By learning exactly what your vehicle needs, you can avoid unnecessary or improperly timed services. Here are some common car maintenance mistakes that you should avoid:
Improper Oil Change Intervals
In the past, vehicles required oil changes every 3,000 miles in order to remain in smooth working condition. However, newer cars do not always need to have their oil changed with such frequency. Today’s engines can provide long lasting performance for up to 5,000 or even 10,000 miles. To determine when you should change your oil, you should consult with your mechanic and look at the manufacturer’s instructions for your vehicle.
Neglecting your Brakes
Over the miles, your car’s brakes are subjected to a high amount of friction and wear. Once your brake pads have worn, they will begin to make a loud, squealing sound. As soon as you hear a brake wear indicator noise coming from your vehicle, you should make an appointment for a brake repair service. If you neglect your brakes for too long, they will no longer function properly.
Fueling with the Wrong Octane
In order to maintain your vehicle properly between visits to the mechanic, you should fuel up with the correct octane fuel. One common car maintenance mistake is to fuel up with a lower octane fuel than is necessary for your vehicle. Vehicles that require premium fuel should only be filled with high octane gasoline. Using the incorrect octane can damage your engine.
If your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repair, call (480) 389-2358 to make a service appointment at Greulich’s Automotive Services. We offer 11 locations in the valley area, and we are conveniently located to provide you with a full range of automotive and collision repair services. Our expert mechanics look forward to assisting you with your auto service needs.