While countless problems can arise with your car, some issues are more likely to occur than others. Understanding these problems can help you more quickly diagnose an issue when it happens and take measures to prevent a disaster in the first place.
Changing the oil and oil filter, replacing wiper blades and air filters, and scheduled maintenance top the list of the 10 most common vehicle repairs.
According to research conducted by IMR Inc., an industry leader in automotive research, the top 10 most common vehicle repairs performed by vehicle owners and their trusted repair shops are:
- Oil/oil filter changed- change the vehicle's engine oil every 3,000-5,000 miles depending on th year make and model of the vehicle, how the vehicle owner drives and the condition in which they drive. Filters are normal wear items that require checks and replacement.
- Wiper blades replacement- replace every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering
- Replace air filter- replace annually or more often in areas with heavy airborne contaminants or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
- Scheduled maintenance- typical maintenance includes, engine performance, oil, filters and fluids; wheels and tires; check engine light, belts and hoses; air conditioning; brake service and appearance.
- New tires- rotate tires every 6,000 miles, tire replacement is necessary if the tread depth is below minimum legal requirement or the sidewalls are severely cracked or punctured.
- Battery replacement- connections should be clean, tight and corrosion free. If the battery is 3 or more years old, it should be tested and replaced, if necessary.
- Brake work- check the entire brake system every year, including brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, and brake fluid. Brake fluid should be changed every two to three years or 24,000 to 36,000 miles or as directed in the owners manual.
- Antifreeze added- change the coolant at the specified interval and with the correct fluid, as indicated in the owner's manual.
- Engine tune-up- based on spark plug type, the replacement interval can range from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. Replace any ignition system and/or emissions system parts that may be needed or recommend. Also, replace the fuel and air filters.
- Wheels aligned/balanced- check the car's alignment at least annually and also at the first sign of improper handling or uneven wear. Do a wheel alignment with the purchase of a set of new tires.
With scheduled maintenance at the top of the list, these findings are a sign that motorists understand the importance of vehicle maintenance and are taking the necessary steps to keep their vehicle safe and dependable.