5 Cheap Car Fixes That Are More Important Than You Think

  • Mar 1,2019
Tires plus technician handing keys back to smiling car owner (1) Tires plus technician handing keys back to smiling car owner (1)

We frequently take our cars for granted, expecting them to run smoothly all the time. Yet, just like our bodies, our cars need proper care so that they don’t get run down or stop working altogether. This includes some routine but simple fixes that are more important than you think.

Check out these five affordable car repairs that can help keep your car in road-worthy shape—and you and your passengers safe!

1. Catch up on scheduled maintenance.

Oil changes. Tire rotations. Filter replacements. The list of manufacturer-recommended services goes on and on. When you have a little extra cash on hand, think about catching up on services you may have let slide.

Your vehicle's maintenance schedule is based on recommendations from the manufacturer. Following their service schedule is one of the best ways to help prevent unexpected breakdowns and systemwide problems. They may seem like a hassle, but these cheap car fixes can actually pay for themselves (and even save you money!) in the future. They can also help preserve the value of your car.

2. Address an illuminated check engine light.

If you’ve been driving with your check-engine light on for weeks, it may be time for a tune-up. The check engine light can indicate a wide range of issues, from worn-out spark plugs to a damaged catalytic converter.

Addressing a check engine light is important because you won’t know what’s going on under the hood until you’ve had a technician take a look at it. Visit Tires Plus for a free courtesy check and determine why that pesky light on your dash won’t go away.

3. Check, replace, and refill car fluids.

As winter melts into spring and summer, it’s a good idea to check important vehicle fluids. These fluids are essential for your car. Without proper fluid levels, your car won’t run smoothly and won’t last as long. Low levels of even one fluid in your car could cause damage.

Motor Oil:

Motor oil has the crucial job of lubricating the moving parts of your engine and keeping things running smoothly. Oil changes are generally recommended about every 3 months or 3,000 miles, or according to your vehicle manufacturer specifications.

Windshield Wiper Fluid:

Having a full wiper fluid tank is essential for keeping your view crystal clear! Your owner’s manual has step-by-step instructions for checking and refilling wiper fluid.

Brake Fluid:

Brake fluid becomes less effective over time as it absorbs moisture from the environment. This can make your brakes less responsive. Check your owner's manual for brake fluid recommendations.

Transmission Fluid:

This fluid works as a lubricant and coolant, and it’s important for getting optimal performance from your vehicle’s transmission. Your owner's manual will have specific recommendations for transmission fluid flush intervals.


Engine coolant is responsible for keeping the engine from overheating. Coolant generally needs to be checked about every 30,000 miles.

You can often check and refill motor oil and windshield wiper fluid at home, but the others should be left to a professional.

4. Replace old spark plugs.

Worn-out spark plugs can show themselves in subtle (but impactful!) ways, such as reduced fuel efficiency, rough engine idling, and poor acceleration. Not sure if it’s time to replace spark plugs? Consult your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule or head to Tires Plus to speak with one of our expert technicians. Not only will replacing your car’s spark plugs help your engine run smoothly, but it may also help you save money on gas!

5. Get a new car battery.

There’s no good time to be caught with a dead car battery! If your car has been showing signs of a failing battery, now is the time to replace it. Plus, most Tires Plus battery replacement services are relatively affordable. The cost of a battery change is a small price to pay for peace of mind!

Getting a new battery is more important than you think because it’s like the heart of your car. Imagine what would happen if your heart wasn’t ticking the way it’s supposed to! Visit Tires Plus for a free battery check-up to see whether the heart of your car is beating like it should.

At your local Tires Plus, we make the service recommendations and you make the call. Stop by for a free vehicle inspection and auto repair estimate. You’ll get no-hassle, no-pressure car advice from our experienced technicians.

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