Minnesota may not require regular personal vehicle inspections, but it’s important to perform routine maintenance at home or in a professional auto shop. Winter takes its toll on vehicles in our state, but it’s not just the snow that impacts your car or truck; it’s also the salt on the roads. In addition, freezing temperatures damage internal parts. Having mechanics check out your vehicle every so often will catch or prevent unnecessary damage.
Reasons to Perform Vehicle Inspections
You prolong the life of your engine.
Something as simple as not changing your oil can ruin your engine, especially during the winter. The cold temperatures can crack hoses and pipes, causing leaks in the radiator and emptying your coolant. This situation could lead to a cracked radiator and other problems that could damage your entire engine.
You catch problems ahead of time.
Are you driving around with a Check Engine light on? It could indicate a serious problem. Some people ignore this light and chalk it off as an error in the computer system, but a bad catalytic converter, a damaged O2 sensor and other problems can cause the light to turn on. Random knocks, dings, and other unusual sounds could also occur and indicate problems that should be checked out right away.
You save money in the long run.
If you ignore unusual sounds or avoid routine maintenance, you may end up spending more money in the long run for repairs. A new transmission can cost anywhere between $4,000 and $8,000, and a new clutch and a flywheel can set you back as much as $2,000. A tune-up doesn’t cost much and could potentially fix problems that would lead to a costly repair later.
Get Routine Inspections at a Pro Auto Shop
Don’t get caught in the cold when your car or truck breaks down on the road or fails to start in the driveway. Bring it into Kennedy Transmission for a routine checkup and a thorough inspection. Our certified mechanics have the tools and the experience to diagnose vehicles of all types and identify potential problems that could cost you thousands in repairs. Whether it’s a simple oil change or a squeaky belt, we’ll service your vehicle and keep it running its best throughout the winter season.