No matter the amount of maintenance you do on your vehicle, some auto repairs are unavoidable. Although excellent maintenance can help car owners avoid large, expensive repairs, some issues are common for all vehicles. The most common issues include:
- Tire damage or under-inflation
- Oil/oil filter issues
- A reduction in air filter efficiency or a blockage
- Malfunctioning spark plugs
- Inefficient brake systems
Damaged or Under-Inflated Tires
Under-inflation is a common tire issue, especially in the winter. The cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure and eventually, if not addressed, low pressure tires will blow out, leading to vehicle damage and potentially dangerous situations. It’s, therefore, very important to ensure your tires are properly inflated throughout the winter. Your tires should be checked and, if needed, inflated once a week. To avoid tire damage, your tires should also be checked intermittently and rotated according to the manufacturer’s specifications. You should always replace your tires when the tread is excessively worn, or the sidewalls are severely punctured and/or cracked.
Oil/Oil Filter Issues
Oil and oil filter replacements are perhaps the most common vehicle repair. Over time, oil filters become worn and may need to be checked or replaced. A vehicle’s oil should also be changed regularly, and the schedule will depend on the make and model as well as how and where you drive. Canadian weather may necessitate a shorter period between oil changes. Other fluids, like coolant or antifreeze, should also be checked and changed every few months. If you don’t know how to check and change your fluids yourself, take your vehicle to a reputable shop to avoid a potentially costly car repair. Edmonton drivers trust Computerized AutoPro for efficient and affordable car maintenance and repair services.
Malfunctioning Spark Plugs
Malfunctioning spark plugs usually indicate that your engine needs a tune up. Engines should be tuned up at least once a year. For most, a tune up is usually a part of fall maintenance. This tune up is designed to carry your vehicle through the winter and spring. However, spark plugs should be replaced occasionally, the timing of which will depend on the plug and vehicle type.
Inefficient of Damaged Brake System
No vehicle should or could (legally) operate without a functioning brake system. Brake systems are subject to a great deal of wear and tear and drivers should pay close attention to the condition of their brakes and take their vehicle to a mechanic when they suspect that the brakes are worn or need attention. The frequency with which you will need to replace your brakes will depend on factors like the amount that you drive and how you brake. If you’re looking for an expert opinion on an issue you’re experiencing with your vehicle, contact us to book an appointment today.