Why Do Preventative Maintenance on Your Car?

Would you like your car to reach 200,000 miles without an engine rebuild? Today, you can take just about any vehicle to a million miles with proper preventative maintenance. When you think about it, most of the parts in your vehicle only wear out if you skimp on the little things first. Mobil 1 tested their full synthetic oils in a BMW engine and ran it one million miles. They proved that the engine tolerances were still as tight as ever.

Howbeit, the motor oils available today are not even made completely of oil. More than 20 percent of the formula is made up of additives. These additives can be added to any conventional or synthetic base oil blend to improve the performance and greatly reduce engine wear. Yet, every vehicle has a different type of oil and oil change interval recommended to eliminate the mechanical wear and tear that requires engine rebuilds and robs you of performance. There is no universal maintenance plan that you can figure out on your own.

Most Major Repairs Start Out By Neglecting Little Things

Most automobiles today start to break down when something like an oil pan gasket starts to leak and they let it go. Owners may also damage a rubber boot on an axle or forget to flush their brake fluid and see eventual systemic failures of the cv joint, inner seals on the differential, and internal brake components.

If owners just cared a little bit more about their vehicles, they would save a lot of money and come out on top in the long run. Many owners today don't take their automobiles to skilled mechanics who offer comprehensive care and expertise. They go to chain stores where the guys are trained to only fix something if it is evidently broken. This leads to accumulative wear and breakdowns over time that become too expensive to repair.

The Threshold of Disrepair

Once your vehicle gets to a certain threshold of disrepair, there is no turning back. It will cost more to rebuild the vehicle than it would to buy a brand-new model. This impracticality makes it critical for any auto owner today to know about what trends are effecting their particular model.

If a vehicle is prone to developing issues with oil sludging, for example, they should ensure that they take every step possible to prevent sludge by following the recommendations of experts in the field.

Some other vehicles are prone to transmission failures because they have poor oil cooling capabilities. If you know this in advance, you can prevent the eventual failure and $5,000 replacement bill by finding a shop to install an oil line cooler that solves the problem.

Other Examples of Preventative Maintenance

Another example of preventative maintenance is knowing that something is wrong and why it is wrong. Many customers go to shifty car shops and leave with warped rotors. This is because amateur mechanics have a habit of using their impact guns to tighten lug nuts far beyond the manufacturers' technical specifications.

When this happens, it puts uneven pressure on the rotors and causes them to warp. The result is shaking throughout the front-end during hard braking and a reduced ability to stop.

Some other common items in the brake system that are neglected are soft brake lines and the brake fluid. The brake fluid should be changed every two years because it absorbs moisture from the air and then starts to boil at lower and lower temperatures.

When the brake fluid boils or contains too much water, it will reduce the performance of the braking and corrode the system internally. If the soft brake lines are never replaced, the vehicle will suffer from a bad pedal-feel that does not progressively apply pressure to the braking surfaces for different gradients of braking.

The rudder of a ship is the most powerful component on the entire vessel even though it is the smallest part. By analog, it is the smallest failures that cause the biggest problems if you don't plan ahead with wisdom.

Comprehensive Auto Repair Services

When you need auto repair and car maintenance services done right, you need a qualified car mechanic who doesn't waste your time and money. A car mechanic should never have to tell you that he is unsure what is wrong.

Although there is a threshold when the time to properly diagnose an aging vehicle becomes more expensive than the car is worth, you should always work in the most logical manner to test whenever possible.

Tests that involve spending lots of money on a gamble should be avoided. Many times, it is something as simple as an improper adjustment of the base timing rather than an entire VANOS system that is at fault in a BMW, for example.

Other car maintenance items, like batteries, can cause huge headaches when they fail. Most drivers think that they can simply exchange them at the local auto parts store.

While that may be true with some models, in newer vehicles the throttle body may have electromechanical controls. These models, therefore, require computer recalibration any time that the battery is disconnected.

If your vehicle needs a throttle body alignment, no other tune-up or service in the world is ever going to restore it other than the specific throttle body alignment procedure required.

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Only an expert who spends his time reading like a little bookworm to keep himself fresh on the trends in the automotive industry will know what to do on today's automobiles. If you want to hang onto that investment and drive it for a million miles, you have to take it to a car mechanic who does his homework and treats the vehicle like his own.

Contact us for an appointment when you need the wisdom of an advanced specialist. This is the only way that you can address the very specific concerns of each model. This can mean the difference between driving your car a million miles or being forced into a new payment plan at the dealerships.