Avoid Wasting Your Money on These 7 Car Repairs
Keeping your car in top driving condition is important for your safety and the efficiency of your vehicle. Important work must be done fast and professionally. However, there are some small things that are only a waste of money. Check out the car repair examples below and think twice before handing your money to your mechanic.
1. Regular engine tune-ups
C’mon, if your car was built in the last two decades, its modern on-board computer will make its own adjustments to ratios and settings that optimize your engine performance.
2. Coolant flush
How much do you drive on dirty or dusty roads? If you do it rarely, there is no need for a coolant flush. In fact, it may even cause more harm by removing any normal-level contaminants in the coolant system, damage seals, or spring leaks. Keep your money: draining and replacing the coolant yourself should suffice.
3. Cleaning fuel injectors
In the past, removing build-up of carbon and deposits on your fuel injectors is a critical chore, but these days, it rarely requires professional cleaning. Newer cars have improved fuel injectors that are less likely to be gummed up. Additions to gasoline have increased at the same time to add better protection to fuel injectors.
4. The front-end alignment
Everyone runs into potholes. You do not have to haul your car in for front-end alignment service every time you hit one. Check it first if the steering is noticeably pulling. If you really need a front-end alignment, you will know.
5. Tire balancing and rotation
This is necessary after you install new tires. Beyond that, you do not have to pay someone to balance your tires again unless you notice an obvious handling problem or you crossed 5,000 to 6,000 miles to even out tread wear.
6. Filter replacements
Your car has plenty of filters and each one represents a bill that you can otherwise save if you DIY. For example, it is easy to change a cabin air filter and skip the $70 charge from the car repair shop in town.
If you drive a modern car, its chassis is almost always lubricated in a closed, sealed system. Read the owner’s manual before you hand over money for an unnecessary lube job.