Maintenance Tips to Save Costs

Whether you spend money upfront or wait till later, auto repairs are going to eventually appear in your budget. The part you have control over is when and how much you will pay. Performing routine maintenance can have some immediate costs but can prevent greater costs of repair later on. Here are some of the most common repairs that can cost you, and how to prevent them.

Engine Problems

The engine is without a doubt the most important and complex component, and if auto repairs are required on it they can be the most costly. A new engine would cost thousands of dollars. Keeping your engine working well and preventing any damages means giving it ideal conditions. Dirty engines will struggle to perform their function whereas clean engines will last longer and perform better. Oil changes and air filter replacements are the best maintenance solutions because three of the main substances entering your engine include fuel, oil, and air. You can control the quality of the last two by changing the filters and oil when they get dirty. Premium fuel can be bought, but generally, standard fuel is good enough for the average car. More expensive cars with advanced engines will preferably take premium fuel.

Tire Wearing

The parts of your vehicle that get the most wear are the tires, so often the tread will get shallow which can lower your traction and increase the likelihood of a blowout. Keeping tires at the right air pressure, not too low or too high, will give them better wearing. Also rotating your tires can give them more even wear so that you won’t need to incur those auto repair costs as soon. You can also have your wheels aligned if you feel the car moves to the side when the steering wheel is in the middle. This will give much better wearing to your tires to prolong their life and the amount of value you get out of your hundreds of dollars per tire set. 

Windshield Cleaning

The windshield is where you get most of your vision, so having it clear is important. Nothing is more dangerous than driving in the rain without windshield wipers. Because most wiper blades are thin they can become damaged rather quickly. Getting replacements won’t cost much but can give you great value. Also, dirty windshield wipers can damage your windshield if they drag dirt across it. The wipers are one of the dirtiest parts of your car, so when you clean your car make sure to soap up the wipers. If you are in need of auto repairs in Fremont, CA, come to Cat’s Automotive Repair. Call us at 408-883-3478 to learn more about the services we offer.