Small Repairs that Can Become Big Repair Expenses if Ignored

Minor car damage may seem like an easy fix, and often, it is. However, minor car damage often leads to major car damage that costs more to repair. Don’t delay having your car repaired. If your car has any of these minor damages, bring it to a Maryland auto repair shop soon to ensure that it doesn’t turn into a bigger problem.

do not ignore minor car repairs - Small Repairs that Can Become Big Repair Expenses if Ignored

Broken Head and Tail Lights

Broken headlights are more than an inconvenience; they’re also dangerous. Driving without properly functioning lights will impair your ability to see while driving and may lead to an accident. Nearly all states, including Maryland, have laws requiring their use. So if one breaks, you have to get it replaced immediately. If you don’t, you could be looking at an expensive ticket. 

 

Misaligned Wheels 

Wheels can become misaligned if the vehicle is suddenly jarred, like when it hits a pothole. Shifted suspension system parts can also suddenly jolt the vehicle. You may not even realize when your wheels are misaligned, so when a mechanic tells you that you need to realign your wheels, you may not understand why properly aligned wheels are so important. This misalignment will rapidly wear down your tires and cost you hundreds of dollars to have them replaced. 

 

Worn Down Brakes 

Brakes should be replaced every 10,000 to 20,000 miles. If you don’t, it can lead to brake grinding and, in the worst case scenario, complete failure. Brake grinding occurs when the brake pads have worn down so much that the metallic part of the brake pad or brake shoe is coming in contact with the brake rotor or drum. It results in a loud grinding sound coming from your wheel whenever you step on the brake pedal.

 

Minor Engine Problems

People often think that engine trouble always means an expensive repair bill. But sometimes, it can be a minor problem that’s easy to repair. Engine problems can mean a small engine coolant leak, a small oil leak, or a worn-out engine timing belt or engine drive belt. Ignoring these minor engine problems can lead to catastrophic engine damage.

 

Ignoring Check Engine Light

Sometimes when your engine check light turns on, it means that there’s something minor wrong with the car. A loose fuel cap, a faulty oxygen sensor, and faulty spark plugs are all minor problems that can cause your check engine light to turn on. Having these minor problems repaired immediately will ensure that you don’t have to pay more money for repairs later down the road. 

 

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The automotive experts at Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions have been helping drivers maintain their cars for the past 50 years. We repair minor and major car damage at fair and honest prices. Click here to schedule an appointment.

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