What is the difference between
Vehicle Maintenance and Vehicle Repairs?
A few examples of vehicle repairs are:
1. Your vehicle will not start
2. Car brakes are squealing when you push on the brake
3. You can barely turn the steering wheel when approaching a turn.
These are UNEXPECTED vehicle repairs. They can cost you a tow truck fee, hours of waiting on the side of the road, not counting the cost for the repairs and time you won’t have a vehicle to go to work or pick up the kids or groceries. You could rent a car, but that’s more money.
If you only would have made sure you took care of your vehicles maintenance. UGH!!!
It’s necessary to understand the difference between vehicle maintenance and vehicle repair. They both play an instrumental role in overall performance, but serve different purposes.
This is necessary for your vehicle to run properly. It keeps your engine oiled, your brakes functioning properly, and many more things. If you don’t do the scheduled maintence on a regular basis as your vehicle owners manual states you can expect that eventually your vehicle will stop working.
What is Included In a Tune-Up?
When you bring your vehicle in for a tuneup will do a thorough inspection of the engine and replace or repair anything that is worn our or damaged. Below is a list of the most common things we check.
Replace spark plugs and wires/coil boots
Set ignition timing - if applicable.
Change the engine air filter.
Replace fuel filter - if needed.
Clean the throttle body - if applicable
Perform a fuel system check
How will I know if my car needs maintenance?
Even the best maintained car can experience unexpected problems. There are many times when a vehicle will indicate that there is a problem before it stops functioning properly.
It is not only the”check engine” light or “service engine soon” indication on your dashboard that should raise a red flag for a repair shop visit. There are several additional signals to watch out for as well:
- A problem with your brakes is a safety issue. Any squeaking or scraping noises should be investigated immediately.
- Having difficulty accelerating – If your performance has changed since you last tuned up your engine, it may be time for a tune-up.
- In case you experience shaking when your vehicle starts, turns, or stops, have a mechanic diagnose the underlying cause.
- When your vehicle stalls or you have difficulty starting it, it is time to bring it in for repair.
- Changes in mileage may be caused by faulty sensors or leaking fuel injectors.
- Automatic transmissions are designed to shift gears with ease. Any lurching or difficult shifting could be indicative of a transmission issue.
These are just some of the issues you might notice. Please keep in mind that you are better acquainted with the way your vehicle drives than anyone else. When something seems different, it might be a sign that a more serious issue is developing.