Caring for your car is essential if you want it to last a long time AND give you a reliable performance every time you get behind the wheel. However, some people don’t prioritize routine car maintenance, and it can cause them to wind up with big problems and even bigger repair bills! Luckily, our Orlando Toyota service techs took some time to compile a list of the top five car care mistakes they see customers making and how you can avoid them… so read on!
Mistake #1: Not getting routine oil changes. We know, we know – we harp on you all the time about how important it is to schedule Orlando oil changes on the regular. But we do it for a reason! Oil is what keeps your engine lubricated and cool so it can do its job, especially when you’re driving at high speeds or over long distances. If your oil gets too low or if it’s too dirty to keep things moving, you’ll face big-time auto repairs in the future – we’re talking overheated engine that can actually meld together parts and seize up. That’s why it’s essential to schedule an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil and every 7,000-10,000 miles for synthetic oil.
Mistake #2: Not replacing windshield wipers. Your windshield wipers are essential to keeping your field of vision clear; when they start to wear out, they leave streaks, smears of water, and more on the glass and make driving dangerous. Not to mention, when the rubber wears out, the metal on the wipers can scratch the glass! Have your windshield wipers replaced regularly; we sell them at affordable prices at our Orlando auto parts store here at the service center, and our techs are happy to install them for you!
Mistake #3: Not paying attention to tire pressure. A lot of our new Toyota cars have a tire pressure monitoring light, which will let you know if one of your tires isn’t quite measuring up in terms of PSI. If not, you’ll need to monitor tire pressure on your own using a tire gauge. Why is it so important to maintain tire pressure? For starters, if your tires get too low it can negatively affect your fuel efficiency. It can also cause you to lose traction more easily, which can lead to an accident or collision. If you’re not sure how to check your tire pressure or what the PSI should be, have our Orlando Toyota service techs show you!
Mistake #4: Avoiding the check engine light. We know – it can be stressful to see that little icon illuminate in your dash. But it means something’s up in your car, so the longer you put off car maintenance, the bigger the problem can get. For all you know it can be something as simple as your gas cap not being screwed in properly (true story) so before you panic, let our Orlando auto service techs take a look!
Mistake #5: Not changing filters. Did you know you DO actually need to replace your oil filter and your cabin air filter on a routine basis? Some drivers think it’s just a way to drum up extra costs, but both of them play an important part in maintaining your car’s performance capabilities. Have them changed routinely!
Need to schedule Orlando car maintenance to avoid these costly mistakes? Call us today at (866) 945-0493!