When you’re driving along, you may hear noises coming from your car. You may choose to put off or ignore the problem until it gets more serious. The problem with that? Once a vehicle develops an issue, it tends to get worse over time. If the issue is not resolved in an ordinate amount of time, it will exacerbate and cause more problems for your vehicle. We here at McLean Auto Repair in Elgin, Illinois, will give you three great reasons why you should keep your car maintained.
A number of years ago, it was normal for a car to 3,000 miles between oil changes. Nowadays, with car engines running more cleanly and efficiently, they can go between 5,000 and 7,500 miles before needing to change the oil. That said, it’s important for you to know when your car is ready for its next service. As a car burns oil, it runs through the engine keeping everything lubricated. When the oil gets low, it starts turning into a sticky sludge. As the sludge builds up, the engine is no longer getting lubricated and begins to overheat. Overheating leads to engine damage, and a much larger auto repair bill for you.
As mentioned, getting regular oil changes lessens the financial burden on you. The same goes for other necessary services like; spark plugs, brake fluid flush, transmission service, alignment, A/C recharge, and so on. Getting these service items done on schedule will save your car from bigger problems down the line. Your car comes with an ideal maintenance schedule — find it in your owner’s manual! It keeps the major parts of your car functioning without enduring excessive wear. While it may cost a little bit in the short term, the long-term benefit is lower year-to-year maintenance costs.
Keeping your car maintained will keep you and your family safe. While on the road, you may encounter hazards like potholes and road debris. After this occurs, it is imperative that you visit our shop. We’ll have one of our ASE-certified technicians take a look at the vehicle to ensure it’s safe to drive. In addition, getting an alignment every 10,000 miles will ensure your tires wear evenly over their lifespan.
If you feel your car is in need of service, please don’t hesitate to contact our shop in Elgin, Illinois. We’re located just west of Wing Park on McLean Blvd. Give us a call to set up an appointment. We’re ready to serve your vehicle.