Is your car in need of a checkup? Is that flashing check engine light on your dashboard finally starting to get its point across to you? As is the case with most things concerning your car, it’s best not to wait until something goes wrong to have your vehicle looked at. Take it from someone with car trouble experience. I’ve twice had my power steering go out (busted fan belts), worn out several batteries, had a jammed driver’s side door force me to enter from the passenger’s side, and dealt with a dysfunctional dashboard for several years that kept me from knowing how much gas I had or how fast I was going. My most recent car catastrophe occurred in traffic on the interstate when my vehicle suddenly and inexplicably turned off altogether, putting me in a rather tight situation. So, yes, dealing with car issues before they become severe problems is an important part of owning one.
The best way to take good care of your car is simply to start with the basics — checking and changing your oil, cleaning out your filter — that keep your car healthy and operational. Any automotive repair shop professional will tell you that routine lube services will drastically enhance the performance and endurance of your vehicle.
What components make up typical lube services? Well, as referred to earlier, most lube services for your vehicle will involve an oil change, which is crucial if you want to keep your car in good condition. After all, your car isn’t all that different from you when it comes to basic hygiene. Everyone needs to bathe and brush their teeth for their health. Cars need the same kind of attention, too. Every time you drive your vehicle your engine and oil filter accumulate a bunch of muck and unwanted particles. Of course, your car is designed to be able to endure this kind of buildup for a certain amount of time, but eventually (many people suggest once every ten thousand miles) you need to get your oil changed in order to clean all that detritus that has accrued under the hood. The professionals can also do a quick check to determine a specific oil change that fits your car’s particular needs — from full service changes, to high mileage, to synthetic and synthetic blends.
But oil changes are not the only things that lube services offer. Is your air conditioning or air filter not working? In the summer heat, that can be a real hassle. What about your windshield wiper? No one wants to be caught in a thunderstorm with windshield wipers that don’t operate properly. Problem with your lights? They’ve got you covered again. Lube services offer a full scope of everything your car could ever need and can prevent a problem before it starts, which — trust me — you’ll be thankful for.