As our vehicles get more sophisticated, it seems as if car manufacturers put more and more warning indicators on our dashes. Soon, it can seem overwhelming and hard to keep up with what they all mean. In this article we'll focus on a few of the more common warning indicators and what they mean.
We often hear reports in the news or internet about the "3000 mile oil change myth" or about how businesses who are trying to sell premature oil services. An oil change prevents engine oil sludge build up. The first sign of oil sludge often appears under the engine oil cap - see photo.
Did you know: When you buy a car from a dealership, it is not mandatory to have it serviced where purchased – Nope, it doesn’t void the warranty.
Let’s break that down a little more; just because you bought your car from a dealership, doesn’t mean they have to work on it for you if you don’t want them to. You can take your own vehicle to any repair shop you feel comfortable with, and have them do the maintenance – If later you decide to go back to the original dealership and have them do maintenance, you can do that too!
It’s never too early to learn the ABCs of car care, says the Car Care Council.
The brake system is your car's most important safety system. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair so that your car can continue to operate as designed. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car. Eventually, they're going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons.
A proper and routine tune-up allows your engine to work hand-in-hand with the rest of your car's powertrain. This is how optimum car performance is achieved. A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions. Modern engines compensate for worn parts to a degree, giving you the sense that everything is fine