Owning a vehicle means having to deal with maintenance from time to time. More often than not, car maintenance means replacing oil or changing tires, but sometimes more major repairs are required. Here are four of the repairs you may need to make during your vehicle’s lifetime in order to keep it on the road.
Your car’s starter is critical for getting its engine going and will usually last for many years. Eventually, though, the starter will give you, requiring you to replace it. The good news is that starters are quite inexpensive, and if you’re a bit handy, you’ll probably even be able to make the repair yourself when the time comes.
Transmission Repair or Replacement
Transmissions are durable parts that can last for years on end, but once in a while something will happen to prevent one from functioning normally. When this happens, you’ll need to either repair or replace the transmission to get the car running again. Generally, transmission repair is a more cost-effective solution than an outright replacement, but it is a repair that should be made by a qualified professional.
Like transmissions, engines sometimes seem to last almost indefinitely. If you do suffer engine damage, though, the best way to deal with it may be to have your engine rebuilt. A rebuild involves stripping the engine down to the block and replacing any faulty or worn parts as it is put back together. While a full rebuild can cost up to $4,000, it is still generally less expensive than buying a new engine altogether.
Although it isn’t a moving or wearing part, your windshield can still be damaged by rocks kicked up from the road or other incidents as you’re driving. While some drivers try to get away with cracked windshields for a while, it’s important to repair or replace your windshield as soon as possible, as driving with a damaged one limits your field of vision and could make you more likely to get into a collision.
These are just four of the many potential repairs you may need to make to your car as it ages. While these repairs may seem like hassles, they are essential to keeping your car on the road, and any one of them is still much less expensive and troublesome than buying a new car.