Keep Your Car in Top Shape
America has a devoted love affair with its cars. There’s no denying it. How do we love them? We can count the ways:
When we rack up numbers like that, it’s obvious cars are important to us and that’s all the more reason to keep your car in top shape for safety reasons as well as economy of operation. Keeping it in good shape increases the life of the vehicle, too.
Your auto mechanic will rack up your car when it gets to his shop but there’s a lot you as the driver and owner of the vehicle can do to keep things safe and running at full speed between trips to the shop. Master these maintenance tips to make sure you see more of your car than your mechanic does.
There aren’t as many backyard mechanics as there used to be, partly because our vehicles have become so computerized it takes sophisticated electronic diagnostic equipment to identify the source of many problems. Sure, there are still lots of mechanical parts and processes that someone with the mind of a mechanic can tend to but auto repairs should never be taken lightly. A loose screw, missing lug nut, or cap to a fluid reservoir that’s not closed tightly can spell disaster. Safety becomes compromised and expensive repairs are almost always sure to follow.
Don’t make a grease monkey out of yourself. Do what you confidently can and leave the rest to the pros. These maintenance tips, checklists, and links to important information for keeping your car clean, safe, and purring like a kitten will help you identify what you can do effectively and when to get ‘er to the shop.
Recall Notices and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)
Sometimes we get a little heads-up from the government when it’s time to get the car to the shop. Recall notices and technical service bulletins, also called TSBs for short, are issued by government agencies that regulate safety on the nation’s roads and by auto manufacturers that know their good reputation rides on your safety.
These recalls and TSBs aren’t often mandatory but it’s a good idea to take heed of them when they’re issued. They’re usually the result of auto mechanic and consumer concerns that have been reported to manufacturers or regulatory entities. When many people seem to be having the same problem with the same make and model vehicle, in-depth investigation is conducted to identify any faulty parts or processes that jeopardize the operation and safety of the vehicle.
When a design flaw or factory defect is identified as the source of the problem, an alert is sent to the owners of all vehicles affected by the problem and to auto repair shops so the service personnel there will know what to be on the look-out for.
One way to ensure you always get recalls, TSBs, and other safety alerts is by making sure every vehicle you drive is registered with its manufacturer and that the auto company that produced it has your current address on file.
It takes a team to keep your car in top shape - you, your favorite auto mechanic, your vehicle’s manufacturer, and the people employed to keep America’s 2,734,102 miles of paved roads and its 1,324,245 miles of unpaved roads safe so you can cruise like a king. You gotta love that!
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Written By: Chris Glardon