5,000 Mile Maintenance

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Dear Bob.
I recently returned from a long-distance marathon from Southern California to Vancouver, Canada; from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, Canada; and then all the way back again. Since departing I have added over 5,000 miles on my car. Should I go in for a tune-up?

I am also hearing a squeaking sound from the brakes, but it is only apparent when I am traveling at very low speeds (ie. braking in order to come to a stop after having geared down to 2nd.). What are the possible problems, and solutions? Please be detailed as to type of parts or instruments that I should buy, their average prices, and what I would need to install them etc. I am a big fan of 'doing it yourself'.

That sound you are hearing from your brakes at low speeds is the warning indicator. Basically it is a soft piece of metal designed to make this horrendous squeak when the pads are low. As far as if a tune up is needed, not unless the total mileage is at the correct interval. I would however, change the oil.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

If you have a question for Bob send it to: . He's able to answer many of them personally and we'll include the best questions in future issues of The Dollar Stretcher.

Stay Connected with TDS

Subscribe to TDS Newsletters

Join over 250,000 other subscribers!

Join Fido!

Discounted movie tickets
Sign up for Savvy Savings at TDS and get a free membership for discounted movie tickets!

Your Email:

Surviving Tough Times
Dollar Stretcher Parents
Dollar Stretcher Tips
The Dollar Stretcher (text-based)
Financial Independence
The Computer Lady
Computer Lady Lessons
Healthy Foods

Your Email:

View the TDS Privacy Policy.