Although Benjamin Franklin concluded that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure before the automobile was invented, the old saying certainly applies to regular car care and maintenance.
Surprising Car Habits
In a survey by the Car Care Council, it was found that 89% of vehicles needed at least one repair or service. A full 25% of vehicles had insufficient oil levels or dirty oil that required an oil change. Frighteningly, 18% needed new belts and 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid. Others needed new air filters or more coolant.
A Host of Issues
Oxidation, thermal degradation, and compressive heating are all processes that occur in a car’s engine over time. However, oil slows down those processes, while insufficient oil speeds them up considerably. The consequences of increased heating and friction of engine parts due to insufficient oil can be severe. Some of the first parts to break under that added pressure are rods and main bearings, which can mean having to replace the entire engine.
Most people believe that their oil lights will let them know if they are low on oil. What they don’t realize is exactly how low the oil level has to be before the sensor for the oil light is triggered. If a vehicle is parked on uneven ground, the light may never come on at all. That’s why it’s important to check the oil regularly as well as conduct regular safety and maintenance inspections of your vehicle. Investing a little in preventive care can save you a lot in repairs.
Preventative Maintenance Saves Money
The average cost of car repairs varies depending on the state you live in, as well as the type of vehicle you drive. For a major repair, you can expect to pay between 10% and 20% of the purchase price of their vehicle, which amounts to thousands of dollars. Engine and transmission repairs are among the most costly. Rebuilding a transmission can cost between $1400 and $3000, a cost that can be avoided with regular maintenance that includes a transmission flush and a fluid and filter change.
For optimum performance, the following items should be inspected and serviced on your vehicle every 3000 miles:
- All fluids, including oil, automatic transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid and windshield washing fluid
- Belts, batteries, and cables
- Hoses and filters
- Lights and dashboard indicators
- Condition and air levels of tires
- Exhaust system
Not all mechanics are equipped to properly maintain luxury or foreign vehicles, and everyone knows that dealerships charge top dollar for both replacement parts and labor. Desert Oasis European Auto Service & Repair specializes in foreign auto service and repair and has been providing residents of the Las Vegas area with a superior, affordable alternative to dealerships for over a decade. We work with insurance companies and extended warranties to help our customers get the full value of their purchases. We also offer a free shuttle service for added convenience.
Addressing Those Car Engine Repairs
Whether you want to schedule an ounce of prevention or need a pound of cure, for high quality diagnostics, service and repairs, contact one of our automotive experts today.