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Feb 13, 2015

How To Prevent Common Auto Repairs

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Unless you are extraordinarily fortunate, there is bound to come a time in your life when an automobile problem will present itself. This will likely happen at the most inopportune time (think Murphy’s Law), so it is best to be well informed and prepared for what stress-inducing motor issue rise to the occasion.

Preventing Common Auto Repairs

We will note that by following your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, the chances of something major occurring are a lot lower. The better you care for your car, the better it will treat you. As well, it is important to remember that rarely ever will a critical engine problem start out of nowhere, though this happened a time or two on bad builds. In most cases, the neglect of something small causes a chain reaction.

Do not let your car troubles get you down

Take not changing your motor oil on a timely basis, for example.

Contaminated oil can lead to the formation of sludge, forcing your engine to work harder and increasing friction between vital parts. One thing leads to another and before you know it, that smooth running motor starts knocking and pinging.

Misfiring cylinders are never good, and can significantly reduce engine power, performance, and fuel efficiency. They are usually caused by faulty spark plugs, fuel injectors, plug wires, vacuum leaks, damaged valve springs, and blown head gaskets. All of these problems can be avoided by adhering to that tried and true maintenance manual.

Issues with your car’s evaporative emissions system control (EVAP) are dangerous and pose big safety hazards. The purpose of the EVAP is to trap gas fumes, and when it malfunctions, your entire motor can be thrown out of alignment. Always remember to tighten your gas cap and apply a rust protectant to your car’s fuel lines.

An engine that is running too lean is one that is getting too much oxygen and not enough fuel. As such, common causes include vacuum line leaks, clogged or damaged fuel injectors, or potential onboard computer issues. Routine maintenance is the ticket here, too.

Remember to contact your local mechanic the moment you notice the check engine light, because many codes are associated with improper motor air/fuel ratios. Any reputable shop will tell you that the cost of preventative maintenance typically a fraction of a potential repair bill.

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