How To Prevent Unexpected Breakdown
Preventive maintenance is all about identifying minor issues before they become big concerns. Fixing issues before they cascade into larger issues will save you a lot of money in the long run, and vastly decreases the chances that you’ll break down. Here are some examples of issues that can be avoided through adequate preventive maintenance.
- Tire Failure: By routinely inspecting your tires before each trip, you’ll be able to spot tire punctures, uneven tread wear, and sidewall issues before they cause the tire to fail.
- Overheating: You can avoid an overheating engine by routinely replacing your engine coolant once every 30 to 60 thousand miles.
- Brake Failure: You can avoid brake failure by consistently monitoring your brake pad life and getting them replaced once they’ve worn down to a certain level.
Acknowledging a Check Engine Light
Check engine lights are ignored far too often. They can indicate a lot of problems, many of which will get significantly worse if not fixed right away. Take your after-treatment system as an example. If you get a check engine light or an MIL, you may have a problem with your DPF or EGR system. A DPF issue that would have cost a few hundred dollars to fix may turn into a problem that requires thousands of dollars. Don’t let issues cascade into larger problems! Always acknowledge your check engine light!
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