Most people know that simple automotive maintenance performed properly can add years to the life of a car and keep it running smoothly. However, even among those who consider themselves to be great DIY mechanics, there are some who are doing it all wrong and creating new problems instead of solving old ones. The following three maintenance errors are surprisingly common, and they can be costly if not corrected. Be sure to avoid making them.
1. Inadequate Use of Lube During Brake Repairs
Your brakes rely on friction. The moving parts required to make your brake system work smoothly need lubrication. Without it, they could seize, and you could be in big trouble. When replacing or servicing brake components, be sure to use lubrication products specifically designed for brakes. Also, be careful to keep lube and grease away from parts that it could damage. Axle grease on your rotor or brake pads will cause them to fail.
2. Forgetting to Tighten or Over-tightening Lug Nuts
Having a wheel fly off of your car while you’re driving isn’t a pleasant experience. After a tire replacement, repair or rotation, you must be sure that your wheels are bolted onto your car. Over-tightening lug nuts also causes problems. Under an undue amount of tension, the lug nuts or wheel studs may pop off.
3. Forgetting to Tighten Your Oil Filter
A loose, leaking oil filter results in engine oil spilling all over your car’s engine and components. The oily mess and the fact that your engine is being deprived of oil could result in fires under the hood, a seized engine and a lot of headaches. Prevent this common problem by using the right size and type of wrench to remove and replace your oil filter. Make sure that it’s tight before you drive anywhere.
To learn even more about the maintenance and upkeep requirements of your vehicle, visit DMV.org.
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