Small Maintenance Jobs that Can Become a Huge Problem If Ignored
“I’ll drop it in for a check-up next week.” How many times have we heard this phrase from someone we know about their car? Your vehicle is a complex machine with many moving parts that need to work in perfect tandem all the time, otherwise big (and expensive) problems can arise. It’s therefore crucial that we stay on top of any and all maintenance, no matter how small it seems right now. In fact, it’s the small stuff you see now that can become the massive, bank-breaking jobs later down the line. Here are the four top small maintenance jobs that you should ignore no longer.
You’ve sprung a leak
Here’s a useful car fact. Nothing should be leaking from your engine or the car’s undercarriage. When you spot a leaking fluid, be it engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid or anything else, you have to see to that problem. A leak means structural damage, and that can lead to more serious problems, not to mention the car running at reduced capacity as long as you have it.
Another crucial component to keep your eyes on is filters, like the air and oil filters. These help to remove dust, dirt and other impurities that develop as a natural part of the combustion engine’s operation. A clogged filter has served its purpose and needs changing. It can’t keep doing its vital job while you get around to heading to the garage to see a mechanic.
A chip in the windscreen
A small chip today can quickly and dangerously grow into a full-blown crack that removes visibility or, even worse, shatters the windscreen while you are driving. Small chips and hairline cracks are actually fairly easy to fix even by yourself thanks to great quality home repair kits that are available. A chipped windscreen is a weakened windscreen. The repair can’t wait.
Braking down to the bone
As a brake pad does its work, it naturally wears down thinner and thinner. If you take a look beyond the sheen of your fancy alloys, you can see how thin the brake pad is getting. When you see it’s getting close to the bone, then it’s past time for a change. If you allow the pad to wear completely, it will damage the rotors, and that will set you back many more pounds than the relatively simple procedure of installing a new brake pad.
No more procrastination! If any of these “it can wait” problems sound familiar to you, then it’s time to book a service and get them sorted out.