11 Bad Habits People Don’t Realize Ruin Their Cars

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7) Letting Small Problems Accumulate

It is perhaps common sense that minor problems should be fixed before they accumulate. But when small issues are more of an inconvenience than a danger, people are sometimes reluctant to shell out cash and time. However, if you notice something slightly wrong with how your car is running, you should not let it persist. By bringing your car to the shop while the concern is small, you’ll avoid much more expensive costs later. Additionally, if enough small things go wrong, your car could become undrivable. For example, damaged shock absorbers cause issues with the suspension, transmission, and engine systems. Problematic suspension puts stress on the tires. Furthermore, a faulty transmission or engine may cause excess system movement. In general, fixing problems before they snowball into something worse is the ideal maintenance policy.

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