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6/28/2012 - Three costly auto repair mistakes to avoid

Changing oil is one mandatory car maintenance step.

To help motorists keep more of their hard-earned money in their wallets, has listed some of the most common vehicle repair mistakes consumers should avoid.

The automotive website indicates that one of the biggest blunders consumers make is neglecting routine maintenance and not addressing minor repair issues more promptly. By failing to change the oil and air filter at regular intervals, it could lead to more significant repair costs, such as having the entire engine replaced.

Another issue for drivers is not checking their tires. Driving on underinflated or bald tires can shorten the life of them and potentially lead to a costly auto insurance claim after getting into an accident due to a loss of grip with the road surface.

Because gas can be expensive, motorists may push their vehicle to the limit and not fill up unless they absolutely have to. Driving on fumes, however, can put undue strain on the car, as most of today's vehicles have fuel-injected engines that rely on gas to run smoothly. If the car has a limited amount of gas to operate on, it could cause the in-tank electric pumps to fail, leading to a repair costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, indicates.

To view’s Top Ten Really Expensive Auto Repair Mistakes, click here.

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