You may get used to the annoyance of a shake or shimmy now and then, a squeal or squeak here or there, a pull to the left or right, sluggish performance or any number of other signs or sounds your vehicle signals indicating the need for maintenance, often just simple basic servicing. Vehicle problems get worse over time and one problem often leads to another. Eventually things break.
An inspection and test drive by a professional mechanic will quickly sort out annoying performance issues. Most vehicle problems are too often blamed as signs of the inevitable vehicle aging process when, more often than not, are the result of a lack of basic maintenance. Today’s vehicles are engineering marvels: smarter, better handling and more efficient, but they aren’t maintenance free.
Basic maintenance and regular vehicle inspections are essential to minimize repair expenses and maximize the serviceable life of your vehicle’s operating systems. Modern vehicles are very complex and have parts that function within micrometer tolerances. Every vehicle comes from the manufacturer with basic maintenance information and a situation/time/mileage schedule for inspection, adjustment and/or replacement checks on all major operating system components. Depending on your driving style and conditions these components may have a shorter or longer than predicted life expectancy. Failure to inspect, service or replace parts that have limited and manufacturer tested serviceable life expectations is what leads to most disruptive and costly breakdowns.
Don’t ignore the maintenance signals your vehicles emit. Don’t put up with it. Ignoring pre-existing vehicle problems is not how you want to begin late fall and winter. Most people are really surprised by how well their vehicles perform once they remedy the abnormal performance issues. “It runs and handles like brand new” is a common sentiment.