Are you experiencing any of these issues? …or possibly ignoring them? All too often we become accustomed to car problems that actually need attention, too. According to the Vehicle Maintenance Council 4 out of 5 cars need maintenance, such as the items listed below. Is yours one of them?
1. Worn brake parts: Postponing needed brake service, in addition to being a safety hazard, can escalate the cost of a braking system overhaul.
2. Windshield wiper blades worn and needing replaced: Waiting for a rainy day is not a good time to replace worn blades.
3. Light Bulbs Burned Out: Can you see and be seen? Check all your lights regularly to be sure.
4. Filters Clogged: Oil, Air, Gas, Fuel, Transmission and other filters should be replaced on schedule because they extend car life and improve performance.
5. Spark Plugs: Worn plugs waste gas, increase exhaust emissions and cause poor engine performance (run rough).
6. Battery Cables Corroded: Corroded cables and a weak battery cause starting trouble. Have battery and charging system checked if the engine turns over slowly.
7. Belts Glazed and Rotten Hoses: A slipping belt can affect engine cooling, alternator, power steering, and air conditioner. Replace worn belts before they let you down brittle or rotten cooling system hoses can lead to overheating. Others, such as vacuum and power steering hoses, hinder performance and safety.
8. Neglected Cooling System: Periodic servicing of the cooling system helps prevent deterioration of radiator or heater core.
9. Leaking Shock Absorbers: Worn shocks or struts affect ride control and shorten tire life.
10. Damaged CV Joint Boots: These rubber boots protect the critical CV joints that deliver power to your wheels. They should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed.
11. Leaking Muffler: Have your car put on a lift occasionally to check the muffler and other parts of the exhaust system.
12. Tired Tires: Worn tires are dangerous. Proper inflation, alignment and balance will extend tire life.