In this time of isolation, auto repairs may not be the first thing that comes to mind while we’re spending more time indoors, at home, and off the road. While we may not be driving as frequently, unless you’re an essential worker (and we thank you for your service!), putting off auto repairs and vehicle maintenance is not the way to go.
In the event of an emergency, you want to know you can hop in your car and not worry about any auto repairs you may have deferred due to the pandemic. Which is why auto repair shops are considered an essential business.
At Xspero™, our gratitude lies with all essential workers, including the mechanics and shop workers who help keep us safe on the road—and you can show your gratitude when you use our app to pay for a service at one of the merchants listed below so 20 percent can benefit a local charity you choose.
• Budget Muffler Car Care Center in Vineland
• Main Auto, LLC in Vineland
• Uncle’s Garage in Vineland
• Vann Auto Group in Vineland
• Russell’s Automotive Service Center in Bridgeton
• Tommy’s Auto Repair in Bridgeton
• Fred Harz & Son in Elmer
Here are four auto repairs you shouldn’t put off during quarantine.
Oil Changes: Over time, oil picks up small particles from the engine that gets recirculated. A build-up of particles in oil will appear gritty and dirty and will become abrasive, causing unnecessary wear. The longer you wait past your mileage benchmark, the more stress you’re putting on your engine. If you’re unsure of when your next oil change is or was supposed to be, check for the warning signs.
Brake Pads: Are your brakes squealing, squeaking, or slow to respond when you brake? The brake pads on your vehicle may need to be replaced. As brake pads wear down, pressure is applied to the rotors. When this happens, rotors can become warped, cracked, or ground, requiring an expensive replacement.
A general rule of thumb is to have your brakes serviced every 25,000 miles—but that doesn’t mean you won’t need it sooner. Driving conditions and habits can impact the lifespan of brake pads. If you’re hard on your brakes or don’t give yourself enough time to slow down on a regular basis, you’re causing more stress on the pads. If you suspect your brakes are in need of service, don’t put it off. Healthy brake pads give you more control of your vehicle on the road.
Battery Replacement: If you’ve noticed recently that your engine has trouble starting or the electronics in your car are not working as they should be, it’s likely a sign that your battery is going. The last thing you want to do is wait until these warnings become a problem. It’s better to get ahead of the problem by taking care of it sooner rather than later.
Tire Replacement and Rotation: Balding tires are a danger you shouldn’t ignore. It’s recommended that tires are inspected or replaced between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises tires to be replaced every six years, regardless of mileage. It may be spring, but tire traction is still an important part of maintaining safety on the road.
A tire rotation service should take place every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. During the service, each tire is removed and placed in a different position, ensuring all tires wear evenly and have a longer life. n