When a car needs repair, it's important to get the car serviced as quickly as possible. Here's why you shouldn't delay a repair that your car needs.

You Could Be in an Accident

First and most importantly, delaying a repair could be a serious safety issue. Some repairs won't lead to roadside emergencies, but others can lead to catastrophic failures that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If such a failure happens when you're on the highway or passing another car, the failure could cause a major accident.

For example, one repair that shouldn't be postponed is replacing a worn-out tie rod. When a tie rod fails, the connected wheel is severed from the car's steering system. Not only is the driver unable to control it, but the wheel can go in any direction, including turning 90 degrees to the car. This causes a car to come to a halt, and it can drag the car in the direction the wheel turns.

Unless you yourself are a qualified mechanic, you shouldn't try to determine which repairs are essential and which ones can be postponed on your own. Instead, you should bring your car to a service center anytime you suspect a repair may be necessary. A mechanic at the center will be able to inspect your car and tell you whether your car does need an immediate repair.

You Might See a Decrease in Fuel Efficiency

Second, some repairs will lead to a decrease in fuel efficiency. In fact, an unexplained decrease in your car's fuel economy may be a sign that something needs to be repaired. Some examples of issues that can cause a decrease in fuel economy include:

  • Dirty spark plugs
  • Dirty fuel injectors
  • A dirty oxygen sensor
  • A clogged fuel filter
  • A stuck brake caliper
Delaying a repair that's causing an issue with your car's gas mileage will only increase your auto costs. Every mile you drive will cost more because your car will be burning more fuel.

Your Car May Develop More Serious Problems

Third, postponing a repair could cause a more serious problem to develop. If one part is malfunctioning, it can cause another part to wear down faster or even break. In some cases, a repair that would have been simple and inexpensive can become time-consuming and costly because the initial issue was ignored and more problems developed.

Your Car Might Leak Fluids Into the Environment

Fourth, certain issues may leak fluids into the environment. For instance, certain engine problems will cause oil to leak, and rusted brake lines can lead to brake fluid leaks. Similarly, the power steering, cooling and windshield washer systems can all leak.

Repairs that leak fluid into the environment have a three-fold effect, all of which is negative:

  • They pollute the ground with the leaked fluids
  • They require you to fill the car's fluids more frequently
  • They can cause serious malfunctions if a system runs out of fluid
Getting these types of problems fixed promptly is the environmentally responsible and financially wise thing to do.

You Could Be Stranded on the Side of the Road

If a repair gets worse or causes another problem, your car could break down while driving, leaving you stranded. You might find yourself in danger if you're on a busy highway, and the cost of the repair would certainly increase because you'd have to get your car towed.

If you have a car that needs to be repaired, don't delay getting it fixed. As soon as you can, bring it to us at Huntington Beach Transmissions & Auto Repair for service.