Niagara Gazette — • Not changing fuel and air filters: Air and fuel filters get clogged with dirt over time. If the air filter gets clogged it can result in increased fuel consumption and poor performance. Too much gas into the engine fouls the sparkplugs and a viscous cycle takes over. Leave a fuel filter in too long and high pressure-resistance sets up causing the fuel pump to overwork and wear out prematurely.
• Having unqualified shops service your vehicle: This one usually goes along with the statement: “But he’s cheaper than the rest of the shops or dealer!” Yes, he very well might be cheaper. Why such a price discrepancy? Well it has to do with the fact that the cheaper shop usually doesn’t have the hi-tech equipment to track down the problem. No training on repair operations. No information systems such as Alldata or Mitchell 1. All these things translate into a repair that’s fixed right the first time and lasts twice as long as the shop that uses cheap parts.
• Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts: Contrary to popular belief: all parts are not created equal. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts cost more because they are made better than cheap offshore knock-off parts. Oftentimes the cheap parts fail long before the OEM or quality part. Additionally, cheap parts tend to not match factory specs, resulting in abnormalities in the system they are a part of. Remember, you get what you pay for.
• Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle: I get e-mail every day from well-meaning listeners who tried to fix their own car with no knowledge, tools or info systems at their disposal. They usually send me a laundry list of parts as long as their arm that they replaced in their effort to rectify their problem. Then when I tell them to take the car to a repair shop for diagnostics, they loudly exclaim: “Absolutely not! That’s a rip-off!” yet when I point out to them that they spent hundreds of dollars on unnecessary parts to solve their problem to no avail, they fall silent.