Routine Maintenance Can Uncover Problems In The Making: Common Ones You May Encounter Between the state of the economy and the state of gas prices, many people are looking for ways to cut back on spending. When it comes to auto budgets, some people might even be tempted to try to save money by cutting back on routine maintenance. Don’t do that. Keeping up with routine maintenance on your vehicle is actually a way to save money, by preventing or catching big mechanical problems before they turn into big repair bills. Here are some common problems that a little routine maintenance can detect: Oil leaks. A little leaked oil is not really that big of a deal — until it becomes a lot of leaked oil and leaves your engine or transmission running dry. Drive your vehicle without enough oil, and you’ll soon be buying a new engine or transmission. Coolant leaks. A small radiator leak can often be fixed for a few dollars worth of sealant. If untreated, though, such leaks grow over time. Once the leak reaches a certain size, the only option is to replace the radiator. And if your car overheats before you notice the leak, it could damage the engine. Worn belts. The rubber belt (or belts) that run your air conditioner, alternator, water pump and other key components will eventually become worn and break if not replaced. Belts are not that difficult to replace — unless they break while you are driving and leave you stranded on the highway. Worn joints. The steering system, suspension and drive shafts all contain joints to allow for movement. Without routine maintenance, they can become worn and then break. This is exceedingly dangerous, because it can mean a complete loss of steering control or power, and can cause parts of your car to literally fall off. Unevenly worn tires. By simply looking at the tires, a mechanic can detect multiple potential problems: improper alignment, worn-out suspension, or a bad tire that is headed for a blowout. At NYE Automotive Group of central New York, our highly-trained service staff can keep your vehicle up-to-date on its routine maintenance, detecting and preventing problems before they occur. Contact us today to schedule service.