Why You Should Maintain Your Car Before It’s Too Late

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 2:26 pm

People on tight budgets are often tempted to skip some routine car maintenance services, or at least to delay an appointment with the auto shop. But even if you are lucky enough to avoid a crash, putting off maintenance is likely to reduce your car’s lifespan, say the car care experts at JK Volvo.

If you don’t maintain your car, you’re taking a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles over its life, and you’re knocking it down to maybe 150,000 miles. The true cost of not maintaining your vehicle can include hefty repair bills for bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine. Following is a list of some common maintenance requirements for automobiles and the costly problems that can occur if they aren’t completed.

● Consistent oil changes
● Tire rotations, air pressure checks
● Replace timing belt
● Annual brake checkup
● Replacing the PCV regularly
● Changing spark plugs and filters

Regular oil changes help keep your engine clean and lubricated. Oil cuts down on the friction, which can literally wear away the parts of the engine. One of the most important maintenance-related things you can do is change your oil frequently. However, poorly maintained vehicles cause thousands of wrecks each year. The bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion a year, according to a 2004 study by Car Care Council.

JK Volvo is located at 1587 East Walnut in Pasadena. You can reach JK Volvo at (626) 792-2240. You can visit them at www.jkvolvospecialists.com.

 

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