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Normal Wear and Tear Every Car Owner Needs to Keep an Eye On



Our cars can take a beating on the road and in the garage. There are countless little things to look out for that, if not addressed, can become costly problems. Here are three examples of common car wear and tear to watch for.

TIRE WEAR This is inevitable, but there are ways to extend the life of your tires and reduce wear. Your driving habits, for instance, can actually slow or speed up tire wear. Driving fast around corners and curves and driving on rough roads are hard on your tires. If you adjust your driving habits, drive slower, and avoid potholes and deteriorating roads, you will get more use out of your tires. It's also important to rotate your tires about every six months. If tires are allowed to wear down, they can rupture and damage your vehicle as well as other vehicles on the road.

The good news is, at Quality Plus Automotive we will check the condition of your tires, including the wear and tear during your service appointments. We also sell tires if yours need to be replaced!

HEADLIGHT FOGGING Much like on the windshield, fogging can also occur in the headlights. While headlight fogging isn't a big deal most of the time, it builds up. You may start to notice a film inside the headlight casing, giving it a permanently foggy appearance. As the film builds, it reduces the amount of light, which can be dangerous at night. Take time to clean your headlights every six months to a year. This may require you to take the headlight casing off. You can buy cleaning kits, try a DIY method found online. We would also suggest a headlight restoration service to get your headlight covers back to normal so you can continue to see and be seen properly in the rain, fog, or at night.

BATTERY CORROSION This one is easy to forget about if you don't routinely check under the hood. Battery corrosion reduces the life of the battery and can harm its ability to power your car effectively. In some cases, it may even prevent you from starting your car. However, it is easy to identify and fix. Simply pop the hood to check the battery at least once a month (the more frequent, the better). If the terminals and cables look clean, you're good to go. If they show rust or have taken on a white or blue powdery look, they need to be cleaned. If the corrosion is extensive, the battery or terminals may need to be replaced.

If you check these items on your vehicle and feel they need to be addressed, please feel free to contact us and we will do an inspection on your vehicle for you!