13 Car Problems You’ll Regret Ignoring

13 Car Problems You'll Regret Ignoring

Alignment problems

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You may think that you can course-correct your car when your tires are pulling you to the left or right as you drive, but this is a risky prospect. First, it makes it harder for you to stay safe on the road. Second, says Cindy Price, Import Service Manager at Ricart Automotive, your tires will suffer. The crazy thing is, you may not even realize you have an alignment problem right away since the first sign of a problem isn't actually your car pulling one way or the other. "What typically happens first is uneven tire wear, and by then it is too late—you need new tires," Price explains. "Not checking your alignment on a regular basis can end up being very costly in the long run and result in needing new tires more frequently than normal." Don't miss these other things you're doing to your car that mechanics wouldn't.

Low oil

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When it comes to being low on oil and seeing that oil service light pop up on your dashboard, you likely have a little bit of driving time left before you have a problem. But, Gonzalez says, "ignoring your low oil situation and the oil service light for too long will cause catastrophic failure to your engine." Changing your oil at the recommended intervals will help extend the life of your engine, as well as help you avoid expensive visits to the dealer's service bay. Checking your engine's oil levels is one of the car maintenance basics everyone should know how to do.

Chipped windshield glass

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It's not just an aesthetic issue. "Your windshield provides up to 30 percent of your vehicle's structural strength, meaning any chips or cracks can weaken your windshield, compromising your safety in a crash or rollover situation," says Ed Sprigler, VP of Strategic Initiatives at Safelite AutoGlass. Another reason you shouldn't ignore chipped windshield glass? "Windshields host an important yet delicate camera called ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) that control some of our favorite safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane assist, and auto-braking," Sprigler explains.

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