Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to debate.
The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say that is too long and it should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Manual transmissions may be on a different schedule, so it’s best to consult the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual.
Inaccurate pressure can cause poor mileage, uneven tire wear, or a tire blow-out. To prevent these events from happening it is important to maintain proper tire pressure. Check your tire pressure at least every month to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your tires — and that your tires are being treated well.
Watch Out For Car Cooling Problems
The engine cooling system of your car works to keep your engine from overheating and helps it to operate at its highest efficiency. Your cooling system components include the water pump, radiator, hoses, thermostat, and fan. When parts of your car cooling system fail, your car engine will overheat and could possibly suffer serious damage.
Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items that should be performed, so on most vehicles replacing it is at the owner’s discretion.
When you take your car in for routine service you may hear an urgent pitch for having your power-steering pump flushed and filled with fresh fluid because the current fluid has turned dark. Bear in mind that engine oil and transmission fluid also become darker after a while, so a deeper shade of red doesn’t mean the power-steering fluid is bad. Before you jump at paying for this service, see what your owner’s manual or maintenance schedule says. You probably won’t find mention of changing the fluid.
Depending on your car and its exhaust system, the cost to make repairs to a damaged or defunct exhaust component can range widely – but putting off exhaust repairs almost always costs more than addressing them promptly. Because your muffler system does more than just keep your car quiet – it also routes exhaust fumes away form the cabin, helps your engine run properly and maintain optimum fuel efficiency, and reduces polluting emissions.
Here are some useful things to know if you suspect your vehicle may need muffler or exhaust system repairs: