Routine Auto Service Never More Important
Given the turbulent economic news, consumers are tightening their belts and cutting back on spending. Delaying or ignoring routine automotive service is no exception, but a bad decision, according to the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Car care extends the life of your vehicle and can prevent minor problems from growing into much more expensive issues. Worn brake pads, if ignored, can escalate into more costly rotor repairs. A “check-engine” light may signal something as minor as the need to replace an inexpensive oxygen sensor. But if ignored, costly damage to the catalytic converter can ensue.
Nor should service intervals be ignored. Failure to change out the engine’s timing belt according to the owner’s manual’s schedule can result in major engine damage if the belt fails. Must less dramatic are routine things such as scheduled oil changes, replacing dirty filters, or simply paying attention to tire pressure. These seemingly minor services help you get better gas mileage.