Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes

Maintaining your vehicle is a lot like taking care of your health. Ignore symptoms when they're small, and they later have the potential for turning into big, costly problems. To protect the integrity and longevity of your car, it's important to have your vehicle checkup at Ralph Thayer Automotive, rather than making the following mistakes.

  1. Forgetting to get your oil changed. 
    Not changing your oil in a timely manner or at all can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended by your Ralph Thayer Automotive auto technician.
     
  2. Procrastinating on scheduled maintenance. 
    Putting off scheduled maintenance is common, but your car and your pocketbook will pay the price. Scheduled maintenance is recommended by auto manufacturers for a reason, so bring your car in on schedule.
     
  3. Ignoring the check engine lights. 
    The check engine lights are there as a warning that your car is not running properly. This is a sign that you should seek service immediately.
     
  4. Driving your car when it overheats. 
    Operating your vehicle when it's overheating is not only dangerous, it can lead to costly damage to your vehicle.
     
  5. Not checking tire pressure. 
    Tires that are low on air can wear more than tires that have the correct tire pressure. This leads to replacing your tires more often than necessary.
     
  6. Putting off fluid checks and replacements. 
    Fluid services such as brake, transmission and coolant must be done in a timely manner to keep your car running well.
     
  7. Forgetting air and fuel filter changes. 
    Not changing your air and fuel filters can lead to operating trouble for your car.
     
  8. Taking your car to an unqualified service center. 
    If you want high-quality work completed on your car, it's important to take it to a qualified service center that employs skilled and certified technicians for your auto checkup, such as Ralph Thayer Automotive.
     
  9. Buying generic parts. 
    Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are generally superior to generic parts, so it's best to use high-quality parts for your vehicle.
     
  10. Attempting to fix your own car. 
    Today's vehicles tend to be high-tech and are challenging for most people to work on. Avoid making any costly errors when attempting to service your vehicle, and instead bring your car in for an auto checkup to Ralph Thayer Automotive.