From running errands on the Westside to grabbing dinner with friends in Marina Del Rey, having a reliable car is essential to living the L.A. lifestyle. Most owners cover maintenance basics such as oil changes, or new tires, but can overlook common maintenance items that can hurt fuel economy, performance, and overall reliability.
Here are the five most commonly overlooked car maintenance services, and why they should be on your to-do list the next time your vehicle needs to be serviced.
- Wheel Alignment Service
Anyone who’s driven on the L.A. freeways knows that they are full of potholes, and all matter of road debris. These conditions can wreak havoc on your suspension, and cause it to fall out of alignment. Poor alignment can cause driveability issues, additional damage to suspension components, and faster wear and tear of expensive tires.
2. Transmission Service
Much like your engine, transmissions are filled with fluid that must be serviced on a regular basis. This typically means draining the transmission fluid, flushing out debris, and replacing it with fresh fluid. Failure to service a transmission can lead to driveability issues like poor shifting, awful fuel economy, or a complete failure of the transmission.
3. Timing Belt Replacement
Many vehicles manufactured in the past twenty years have timing belts, and a timing belt failure could be catastrophic. Designed to operate the pistons and valves on an engine, a timing belt is a wear/tear item that must be changed at regular intervals. If a timing belt fails, the pistons and valves can hit each other, which can cause catastrophic engine damage.
4. Air Conditioning Service
If you live in Los Angeles, you know the importance of a properly running A/C system. Before summer temperatures become unbearable, have a qualified shop perform an air conditioning service. This typically includes a comprehensive inspection for leaks and a thorough lubrication of the entire system.
5. Brake System Service
Thanks to consistent stop-and-go traffic, Los Angeles area roads are tough on brakes. To keep your brakes in peak condition, you should have your brakes serviced every 20,000 miles and inspected every six months.
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