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The Most Common Maintenance Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Posted at Wed, Mar 1, 2017 3:30 PM

To keep your vehicle in optimal shape, our service professionals at Tim’s Truck Capital and Auto Sales want to make you aware of some of the most important maintenance tasks that are generally often overlooked. Regular maintenance will not only keep your vehicle running smoothly, it will lengthen the life of your vehicle and save you lots of money in the short and long term. At Tim’s Truck Capital in Epsom, NH, we know it’s not always easy to take the time to schedule regular vehicle maintenance, so we try to make it as easy as possible for you.

1) Don’t Ignore the Check Engine Light!
Often the “Check Engine Light” comes on when the car appears to be operating normally, so it’s easy to think everything is working fine and you don’t need to schedule a service appointment. After a while, you don’t even notice the light is on. Ignoring the light can lead to an eventual breakdown, leaving you stranded by the side of the road. It’s really important to have your vehicle checked by a mechanic as soon as the “Check Engine” light come on. Remember, it can also save you money since the longer you wait, the higher the costs of repairs.

2) Check Your Tire Pressure
It’s also very common to forget to check the air pressure in your tires. You can’t tell just by looking! Tires can be underinflated even when they look just fine. Did you know that even running over a pothole or large speed bump can make your tires lose pressure? Low tire pressure leads to poor fuel economy. The weather also has a big effect on your tire pressure. Did you know that tires lose 1 to 2 lbs. of air pressure for every 10° the temperature drops outside? That’s why it’s especially important to check your tires in our cold NH winters. Keeping your tires properly inflated gives you better gas mileage and lengthens the life of your tires.

3) Don’t Skip Oil Changes
Regular oil changes ensure a long engine life and will keep your engine healthy. Since motor oil and car engine technology have advanced a lot in recent years, check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended frequency of changes. For newer cars, the oil change interval is around 7,00-8,000 miles. If the oil gets too old, it can cause your engine to seize up and die because dirty and old oil can deposit sludge in your engine rather than lubricating and cooling the engine. Ignoring oil changes can end up being a very costly mistake.

Bring Your Car, Truck or SUV to The Service Department at Tim’s Truck Capital & Auto Sales

Our Service technicians at #Tim’sTruckCapital can answer any questions you may have and will also assist you in setting up a regular maintenance schedule for your vehicle. At Tim’s Truck Capital and Auto Sales, we also have a large inventory of preowned and used vehicles. We invite you come to Tim’s Truck Capital and Auto Sales in Epsom, NH for a test drive. We specialize in used truck sales and and are one of the best used car dealerships in New Hampshire. To learn more about our services and inventory, visit and come into our Epsom, NH showroom for a test drive.




Tim’s Truck Capital

904 Suncook Valley Hwy

Epsom, NH 03234

Phone: 888.659.1537


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