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Top Car Maintenance Mistakes

Every vehicle comes with an owners manual and most people tend to use it (if at all) only to figure out how to use some cool new tech feature. There is one section that is always overlooked. Avoid expensive emergency repairs by checking the owner’s manual and following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule . The best tip is to have your vehicle serviced regularly, on schedule and by a reputable service center.

Oil

Neglecting Oil Changes


Skipping an oil change is never a good idea. The oil of your vehicle keeps the engine and other moving parts running smoothly, so you don't want to push it to the back of your to-do list. Pay attention to your vehicle's in-dash warning lights. Follow the schedule outlined in your owner's manual and make an appointment to change your car's oil every 8,000 to 10,000 miles or as recommended. Also, remember to ensure that the correct oil type is always used, this information is all defined in your owner’s manual.

Tire

Driving on the Wrong Tire Pressure (psi)


When your tires get too low, you know that it is important to fill them up, but did you know that filling them up can cause problems too? Once again, check the manual of your vehicle for the proper tire pressure. Note that the psi is usually different for front vs. rear tires. Sometimes this information is printed on a sticker in your door post, the interior of your glove box or on the back of your sun shade when it is folded down. Our service technicians would also be pleased to assist you in properly filling your tires.

Brakes

Failing to Get Brake Checks


Ensuring the proper functionality of your vehicle's brakes is not something you should skimp on. Make sure they're in good working condition. If you leave major performance and safety systems like this uninspected, it will result in a more costly repair and could even cause an accident, injury or worse. If your brake pads remain unchanged for too long, your rotators will also start wearing away, and that equates to more cash. Have your brakes checked as soon as you notice squeaking or strange noises!

Fluids

Ignoring Fluid Checkups


Staying up-to-date on all of your fluid inspections is important so that your vehicle runs smoothly. If you want to avoid costly repairs down the road, don't ignore low coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or any other warnings. Your vehicle will thank you with a smooth ride and safe handling.

If you are among the many who have, for one reason or another, fallen behind on your vehicle maintenance, no need to panic, you can visit the Morgantown Mitsubishi Service Center. Let us show you how to get the longest life and reliability from your car, truck or SUV. Call 304-296-4402 or schedule an online appointment.