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7 New Year’s Resolutions Your Car Wishes You Would Make

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car mechanic working on carWhat would your car say about you? Are you conscientious car owner, careful to schedule every maintenance appointment? Or do you only take care of your car when absolutely needed? If you’re the latter, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions your car wished you would make for the New Year—for both your sakes. Here are the resolutions your car wished you would add to your list of resolutions, and keep:

I will get regular oil changes.

Your car needs regular oil changes to ensure that your engine is properly lubricated. Dirty oil from infrequent oil changes can damage your engine parts and cost you more money than a car with regular oil changes. Talk to your mechanic about how often your oil needs to be changed, schedule regular oil changes for your vehicle, and stick to your schedule.

I will check my tire pressure.

TPMS light on dashYour tires could be five pounds low, and you may not even know it. If you have a newer car, your TPMS sensor light does not typically activate until your tires are 20% (or more) underweight. The good news is it only takes a few minutes to check your tire pressure (we’ve posted directions here) and only costs you a few dollars to buy a tire pressure gauge. But wait, there’s more good news: checking your tire pressure can help your gas mileage, ensure you’re driving safely, and giving you a smoother ride.

I will get my brakes replaced.

worn brake pades & rotorsSometimes your brakes start to wear down and you don’t even know it. Other times, your brakes are squealing, growling, or making other signs that they’ve had it. Whatever signs you’re getting that you need new brakes, seize the day and get them done. You’ll be a lot safer in the New Year with new brakes.

I will pay attention to my battery.

Believe it or not, a car battery is under the most stress during the summer; but a battery can give out any time during the year. There are ways you can tell your car battery is dying, so pay attention to your car battery to make sure you’re not stranded when you’ve got places to go.

I will check my fluids regularly.

winshield washer fluidCheck your oil and windshield fluid on a regular basis. A low oil level in your car can damage your engine and wear your oil out faster; both consequences cost you more money throughout the life of your car. If you are worried that either of these fluids are leaking, or you have other suspicious spots under your car (find out what kind of fluid those spots are here), schedule an appointment so your mechanic can diagnose and fix the problem before it causes problems.

I will buy new tires.

How bad are your current tires? Can you see the tread wear indicator bars? Are you adding air to your tires every time (or every other time) you drive? If your tires are showing signs of replacement, it’s time to bite the bullet and purchase the right tires for your car (read our tips on how to choose the right tires here). Contact your local tire shop to find out what deals they offer on tires, and to schedule an appointment to get them mounted—and get you on the road.

I will find out what that nagging car problem is.

check engine light on dashIs your check engine light on? Does your car pull to the left or right? Ignoring warning lights on your dash can seem harmless, but can cause long-term damage to your car and cost you a lot of money. Don’t procrastinate with this New Year’s resolution; schedule an appointment today to get your car looked at and that nagging problem taken care of. When you car is running better, and you don’t have to worry about being stranded, you and your car can both breathe a sigh of relief.

5 Signs You Need New Brakes on Your Car

worn brake pades & rotorsEvery car has a different braking system for stopping—a different set up with brake pads, calipers, rotors, drums, etc. No matter what kind of braking system your car uses, the one key thing you need to know about your car’s braking system is that it’s important—really, really important. That’s why you shouldn’t mess around when your car shows signs that it’s time to schedule an appointment and get those brake pads, rotors or any other part of your braking system replaced:

  1. It’s normal for brakes to make occasional squeaking sounds when they get wet. If the squeak doesn’t go away, your brake pads are wearing down and are letting you know it by squealing. The squealing sound is actually a warning indicator built in by the manufacturer just to let you know that it’s time to get them replaced. If you don’t get your brakes looked it, and possibly replaced, brake failure is inevitable—leaving you in the midst of an accident you caused or in a ditch waiting for a tow truck.
  2. Grinding or growling. A grinding noise that goes away when you press the brakes signals trouble. If your brakes are grinding, the pads are worn all the way down, meaning that metal is rubbing on metal. Said simply, you have no more brake pad to stop your car. Don’t hesitate. Contact your mechanic and set up an appointment as soon as possible.
  3. It takes longer to stop. Are your brakes not as responsive as they used to be? Does it seem like it took longer to stop? If your car is not stopping quickly, your pedal goes to the floor or feels softer than it used to, schedule an appointment to get your brakes checked.
  4. Your car pulls to one side. If your car pulls to one side when braking, this does not mean your brakes are necessarily the culprit. There are other car problems, such as a vehicle that needs an alignment, which could be the cause. Schedule an appointment with your mechanic to get a diagnosis and a cure. A car in need of brakes or an alignment is a car that needs attention.
  5. A pulsating brake pedal. Does your brake pedal vibrate when you touch it? Are you getting a weird pulsating sensation from your brake pedal? Contact your mechanic to find out if your brake rotors are warped and need to be replaced.

Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast amount of mileage or time that you can use to determine when you need to get your brakes replaced. The life of your brakes is dependent upon driving style and road conditions. Be vigilant. When your car gives you any of these signals or leaks brake fluid, schedule an appointment. If your brake warning light comes on, CALL FOR A TOW. Do not drive your car to the mechanic. You don’t want your brakes to fail, and jeopardize your safety, and the safety of your passengers or end up in a ditch. Your car brakes are that important.