Your Car Repair Budget All Lies In Your Maintenance Schedule

Posted by on May 4, 2012 | No Comments

Don’t be fooled by marketing initiatives that say: “Buy this car, it’s maintenance free!”. It’s true that automobiles of this generation don’t require much upkeep as it did decades ago. It’s also true that cars are machines that need minor repairs once in a while. The best an owner can hope for is low maintenance which, by all means, doesn’t equate to neglect.

Consistent inspection guarantees that cars in good running condition. Self-service gas stations have removed that service when a mechanic was sure to notice a leaky hose or a clogged filter. These days most car owners only have time to have a mechanic poke under the hood, when the car breaks down. The burden is on the car owner’s shoulders to initiate assessment on parts that easily wear and to schedule regular maintenance checks. Some components that need to be habitually replaced are motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, coolant, filters, suspension and brake components. These elements are exposed to repeated heat, rubbing, extreme pressure, pounding and corrosion.

Regular inspection can identify potential problems from a leaky hose down to a frayed fan belt. Being aware of a deteriorating condition is certainly an advantage. Here are some components that easily deteriorate: motor oil, coolant, filters, suspension, various engine and automatic transmission. Any area that experiences much heat, pounding, corrosion, rubbing and high pressure can wear at a faster rate than other parts. These are the most basic areas where new and old drivers alike, need to focus on during maintenance checks.

There are recommendations given in a car owner’s manual concerning when maintenance checks should be done. It’s usually dependent on mileage and time. Professional mechanics agree that scheduling checks more often than what is recommended is actually ideal, even when the vehicle is new. When salesmen give their pitch about zero maintenance, you’d know better. Although it may vary, some manufacturers propose replacement of PCV valves, engine coolant and air filters after a distance of 50,000 miles. This mostly applies to high mileage drivers or for those who travel in long distances for short periods of time. Industry recommendations for oil change is between 7,500 – 10,000 miles, with the filter to be replaced every other oil drain. If mostly travel in short trips or consider yourself a stop-and-go driver you might want to do it more often than every 10,000 miles.

When maintain a car, you also protect your investment. You are guaranteed that you have a reliable vehicle that runs smoothly. When the car is in top shape, you can save money. Small problems can be addressed before they cause more damage. In the long run, a car that is well – maintained will be worth more. When an owner decides to sell or trade, he or she can get the best value for it.

It pays overall to take good Mazda of your Mazda or truck. Employ a routine service schedule rigorously and to the letter. Follow the owner’s manual from the auto maker which should be in the glove box of your Mazda. Track your repairs in the auto maker supplied service log. You will be rewarded with many many years of trouble-free motoring miles or km

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