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Putting off Vehicle Maintenance is Hazardous to your Vehicle and your Pocketbook


You’ve heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While this saying is true in many areas of life, it doesn’t exactly apply to your vehicle. Performing regular vehicle maintenance can fix things before they become a problem and prevent costly repairs down the road. The maintenance reminders you receive in the mail are more than just helpful suggestions. They really are necessary actions you need to take to ensure that your vehicle continues to run as it should.

We know it’s easy to put off vehicle maintenance when your car or truck seems to be running perfectly well. Newer vehicles have electronic ignition systems and engine control systems that tend to perform better (and for a longer period of time) than the mechanical ignition systems in older vehicles, which have parts that need frequent replacement. Because of this, we are seeing more and more Murrieta vehicle owners who only bring in their car or truck when there is a problem. However, routine auto maintenance is important, even if you have a newer model vehicle.

Modern engines have their own special maintenance requirements that need to be addressed by your Murrieta auto mechanic. Most people know that their vehicle needs regular oil changes, but there are several other special lubricants and fluids, such as power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant, that your vehicle needs to prevent corrosion and to keep things running smoothly. Bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenance will ensure that these fluids are free from contaminants and at the proper levels.

Other services that are performed at regular maintenance visits to your Murrieta auto mechanic include headlamp replacement, transmission service, air filter replacement, PCV valve replacement, tire rotation, fuel system cleaning, serpentine belt replacement, and shocks and struts replacement.

Some maintenance services can actually save you money in the long run. For example, having your tires rotated helps them last longer by causing them to wear evenly. A fuel system that is regularly cleaned can help you save on gas costs. But probably the most important reason to bring your car or truck in for maintenance to Inland Auto in Murrieta is because it can prevent small issues (ones that you might not have even detected yet) from becoming large, costly problems down the road. One example of this is failing to replace your coolant. Inadequate coolant can cause erosion in your car’s radiator and other parts. It can even cause some major engine damage. In this case, and in many others, trying to save the time and money involved in bringing your car in for maintenance can have the complete opposite effect. You can end up spending hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, and you can end up being without your vehicle for a much longer period of time than if you had kept on top of your vehicle maintenance.

If you are unsure of when to bring in your vehicle to your Murrieta auto mechanic for maintenance, check your car’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your make and model, or call Inland Auto today.

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