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Almost 90% of all "run-ability" issues I see posted is maintenance related. Sure cars have advanced with technology but maintenance is critical to the reliability of your vehicle. With tech advances you can go farther between maintenance intervals but it's still required.
I make it a point when I buy a vehicle new or used, first thing is get acquainted with service schedules. How often or mileage. As mentioned above 90% of breakdowns and run ability issues are due to lack of maintenance.
With used vehicles it should be the very first thing you do to it before putting it through the paces of daily use is too, do a healthy tune up. Who knows when last service was performed? Most lots or sellers don't know or remember and very few ever document it. You're driving on blind faith and when something goes wrong the amount of possibilities of diagnosis multiplies because the basic maintenance was overlooked.
Which leeds to service/fault lights on dashboards. The check engine light is multi functional. It's usually triggered when you vehicle has stumbled, a part failed or something as simple as a connector has come loose. Each manufacturer has a list of codes pertaining to a particular part or function of parts connected to your vehicles computer. It basically diagnosis' itself but in a language that the manufacture has set. When it comes to reading the codes you have options. #1 many of us have invested into code readers (common OBII scanners) you can purchase them at about any parts store or online and they range from about $60 up to a couple of thousand $$$ depending on how many options you want. The basic ones are great for the DIYers for just reading codes and resetting lights. Another option that has come about in last couple of years is many auto parts stores offer this as a FREE service. They will come out to your car, scan your computer, give you a list of faults and most will be able to help you solve what's ailing your car. I say MOST because I have heard feedback of "kid behind counter didn't have a clue" - that happens. In either case you can read the codes and not guess or throw parts and a ton of $$$ at a fix blindly. The codes do aim you in the right direction.
Lastly, performing maintenance will give your car longevity,reliability and if you do it yourself personal satisfaction plus you SAVE big $$$ doing it yourself.
Take to a trailer hitch specialty shop. (Think of where you would take a pickup truck to - not U-haul or similar). This sounds like a severe safety issue. They will recommend a safe alternative to your current hitch and likely buy it back from you as well (at a loss to you I am sure, but better than killing yourself or others when your boat or jet ski comes zooming past you on the highway.)
Hey Lyn. Regular maintenance is a scheduled procedure recommended by the manufacturer. They don't check everything every time. If you would want them to do this and create a list of things checked , I am sure they might, but it will probably cost you more. People assume that because they take their cars to dealerships , that they get the best service available. This is not always true. If the battery and alternator are bad again, I would go back to mieneke and complain to them. they are nation wide and all of them should honor a warranty. What mieneke told you was probably opposite of what happened. The alternator was probably putting out to much of a charge and toasted the battery. Weak batteries wont kill an alternator. At least I have never seen or heard of it. As far as warranty issues, it is pretty much your responsibility to bring them up to the dealer. Again if there are specific things you want checked at maintenance time take a list and have them sign off on it. If they already have a list ask to see it and when there done ask for a copy. you pay for it, so they should give you one. I suggest that if you have an issue come up with repairs, to post on here and get some insight to what may be going on with your car. There are a lot of good mechanics on this site. Randy
sounds a bit out there but usually when a maintenance indicator comes on you should take it in for a service, these early times with a car a crucial to get everything running right thats why the few services a crucial that they are on time
hi,maintenance service is important special with new car,for warrant procedure,now since your car is out of warranty it is your decision,since your car is not in severe service or use,maybe extent your service,but if you use a synthetic oil base on your engine,pls. follow your service schedule,ty
That is not a common problem. I work at a lexus dealership and can attest to that. If you complain loud enough the dealer should "goodwill" warranty that for you especially since you've been a good customer. lexus sells a great car and will allow the dealer to warranty it for you out of warranty at their discretion. your powertrain warranty should be 7yr /70,000