Maintaining Your Car

Making a comprehensive car maintenance checklist and adhering to it can help make your vehicle run a lot more efficiently. More importantly, however, is that we can help ensure that all of the critical components of the vehicle are running smoothly or functioning optimally. This helps us improve safety while driving, although accidents can still occur through no fault of our own. Every day, hundreds of people die because of traffic accidents secondary to a faulty brake system, poor tire treads, and worn out drive belts, just to name a few. Thousands more lay in hospital beds nursing their injuries and tens of thousands more are trying to overcome the emotional trauma brought about by such accidents. Basic car maintenance, while it doesn’t prevent accidents directly, can help improve our safety and that of others whenever we take to the road.

Smog Check

The Air Resources Board (ARB) is California's air pollution control agency. Our job is to clean up the state's air. The ARB provides funding for research projects, sets air quality standards, monitors levels of various air pollutants, and sets and enforces regulations to reduce air pollution. The ARB focuses on reducing air pollution emissions from cars and trucks, fuels, and consumer products; and emissions of toxic air contaminants. The ARB also works with the local air pollution control districts (APCDs) to reduce air pollution from stationary sources such as factories and power plants.

The principal activity is the smog check program. Roseville has 14 smog check businesses for you to choose from.

Auto Repair

How much does an average car maintenance cost? The actual cost actually depends on the type of vehicle, your driving habits, and the various types of products that you use in your maintenance. To give you an idea, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it usually costs about $8,000 to own and operate an average vehicle. This is broken down into $3,800 as the average cost of purchasing a vehicle while the remaining will be broken down into motor oil and gasoline expenses as well as other vehicle-related costs. This is under normal operating conditions. Suppose your car has a damaged engine because of failure to do basic maintenance, you’re actually looking at several thousands of dollars more in repairs.

When do you need to replace your tires? We would expect at least 50,000 miles from the tires that come with any new vehicle, but tire life depends on many factors. Here are some broad guidelines.

Among the factors are the quality of the tire, whether it is a performance summer tire or an all-season tire, the type of car it is mounted on, the treadwear rating — that is, the expected length of tread life — and how the car is driven. Performance rubber may grip like leeches on dry pavement, but it tends to wear out faster than tires with less rolling resistance. If you drive your vehicle like you just stole it, that also will wear the tread faster.