When you see the Check Engine light flashing on your dashboard, do you immediately call for service, or do you just wait for it to turn itself out eventually? If you chose the latter, you may want to rethink your theory. When the light turns on, it means there is either something wrong with your vehicle or it is due for routine maintenance. Either way, calling for service could be the best thing you can do.
Of course, fixing an existing problem is important, but preventing problems can be even more important. If you have ever experienced a tire blowout while driving on the highway or even just a dirty windshield you can’t see out of because you are out of washer fluid, you know just how important keeping up with that routine maintenance is when it comes to cars.
Every 5000 miles or so, your vehicle should be checked over to make sure everything is running properly. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will have specific maintenance recommendations, but for the most part your routine should include an oil change, air filter change, tire rotation, and all fluids should be checked. If you are having any issues or notice anything different about the way your vehicle is operating, definitely tell your mechanic when you drop it off. When you pick your vehicle up after the routine maintenance, give it a quick test drive to make sure the mechanic did not miss anything. If you hear any strange sounds or feel anything different, don’t be afraid to ask about them.
We visit the doctor when we are well for routine checkups so that we can prevent illness. Take your vehicle for routine maintenance to prevent any problems that could arise. Call us for more information and to find out if you have enough auto insurance to protect you from anything that could go wrong on the road.