What is the difference between maintenance and repair?

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Car repair

There is a subtle difference between preventive maintenance and regular scheduled maintenance, both are equally important when it comes to car safety. Delaying Preventive and/or Scheduled maintenance can ultimately cause more economic strain as well as unnecessary risk to the driver and passengers.

Almost everyone understands the need of scheduled maintenance, like an oil change, most people do it regularly, when it comes to preventive maintenance they don’t realize that those $250 today to replace a component like a worn front wheel bearing, could become hundreds of dollars tomorrow when the wheel falls off the axle and break more components of the front end system (hopefully not at high speed).

Maintenance Checklist:

Brakes
When to replace: Every 2 years or 24,000 miles (fluid), prior to minimum safe thickness (pads).

Tires
When to replace: At the minimum safe tread depth or 6 to 10 years.

Coolant
When to replace: Every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Engine Belts & Timing Belts
When to replace: Every 3 years or 36,000 miles for engine belts and 60,000 to 90,000 miles for the timing belt.

Spark Plugs
When to replace: Every 30,000 to 100,000 miles.

Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter
When to replace: Every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Air Filter
When to replace: 12 months, 12,000 miles or as needed.

Battery
When to replace: Typically 48 to 60 months or as needed.

Power-Steering Fluid
When to replace: Inspect level with every engine-oil change, top off as needed.

Fuel Filter
When to replace: Every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

The average car in America is 9 years old you must rely on proper maintenance to keep your vehicle running at peak operating conditions.

The longer you take to check that squeaky noise when you push your brakes or the vibration that goes away when you accelerate, the more costly your bill will become for neglecting your vehicle, no; it won’t be the Car repair shop fault. You know your car and you need to listen when it speaks to you.