Progressive Auto Care

Expert Tips

Don’t kill your car!

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It's also better than sitting by the side of the road with your broken down car, waiting for the tow truck to arrive! Having your car serviced on a regular basis will be cheaper than the cost of major repairs caused by neglect. There are all sorts of ways to damage your car and these include ignoring strange noises and driving for too long between services.

Squealing brakes

If you can hear a loud screeching sound when braking it’s a warning sign that new brake pads are needed, or at the very least require inspection to make sure they are safe. If you hear a grinding noise it means that metal is rubbing against metal and it’s likely that the brake pads have been worn down completely.

Time for an (oil) change

The oil and filter in your engine should be changed every 6-12 months depending on your vehicle’s make and age. But if you tow a trailer, frequently stop and start in traffic or make lots of short trips without letting your engine warm up, it could mean that your car will require more frequent oil changes. Make sure you follow your mechanic’s interval recommendations regarding oil and filter changes to avoid expensive repairs to your vehicle.

Check your battery

If it is taking longer than usual to start your car, it’s a sign that your battery could be reaching the end of its life. And if you notice the battery case is cracked or swollen, or you see battery acid leaking, it will definitely need testing and possibly replacing. A car battery generally lasts from 3-5 years. However, driving habits and frequent short trips can shorten its life. The best way to avoid a flat battery is to keep an eye on it and have it inspected yearly when it reaches the three-year-mark.