Bad news…no one likes unexpected auto repairs. And when it happens, such bad news can be too costly.
Good thing the mechanics at Kanuga Tire & Auto will go to great lengths to help you avoid expensive auto repair costs. And we do so by suggesting regular and preventative maintenance.
Simply put, an ounce of maintenance is worth pounds of cure…and possibly thousands of dollars.
The trouble is that many car owners in Hendersonville, NC fail to understand the value of preventative maintenance—until it’s too late. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are the common, costly repairs and the simple and inexpensive maintenance to help you avoid them.
Your car’s engine operates under some of the most punishing conditions imaginable. The heat generated by the combustion cycle and friction inside the engine is intense.
Under optimum conditions, temperatures in your engine hover between 195 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. But only if your car’s coolant does its job. Your engine can run persistently hot or even overheat when it doesn’t.
Such hot conditions could lead to a blown head gasket. This simple-sounding part will set you back between one and two thousand dollars if you need to replace it.
Avoiding this scenario can be as simple as checking your coolant levels periodically and bringing your car for coolant service every two years or as recommended by your car manual.
Most people know they should get regular oil changes, but not everyone knows all the reasons for doing so.
Most understand that dirty or insufficient oil can eventually damage an engine. But that’s not all. If you use the wrong oil or the engine burns oil, you could damage or destroy your car’s catalytic converter.
This is part of your car’s emissions control system. It’s illegal to operate your vehicle without one. Plus, a damaged catalytic converter can cause your car to lose power, stall, or not start at all.
Oh, and a replacement could cost anywhere from $950 to $2,500!
Having said that, regular oil changes with the right oil is a pretty cheap insurance policy against such a high auto repair cost, isn’t it?
Another major part of your car that you don’t want to take risks with is the transmission. Without a functional one, your vehicle isn’t going anywhere.
But just like an engine, transmissions need lubrication and cooling to work well and avoid damage. That’s the job of transmission fluid.
The good news is that you often don’t need to replace your transmission fluid. At a minimum, you’ll want to consider it every 30,000 miles or so. Some vehicles only need transmission fluid replacement every 90,000 miles or more.
In between, you’ll still want to check your transmission fluid level periodically. If anything’s wrong, addressing the issue right away could help you avoid a transmission replacement that could cost from $1,800 to $3,400.
The takeaway: There are good reasons your car’s manufacturer recommends certain types of preventative maintenance. Those small services can help you save thousands of dollars in auto repair costs over time. And Kanuga Tire & Auto should be your go-to maintenance provider in Hendersonville, NC.
Call us at (828) 697-2860. Or stop by our auto repair shop at 432 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739.