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The 4 Top Maintenance and Repair Issues You’ll Face Whether You Own Or Lease

Whether you own or lease your car, you’re going to be responsible for a certain amount of maintenance, and regardless of what car you get, your mechanic will become a regular person in your life.

Should You Sell Your Lease?

For people who are responsible for leasing cars, the question usually comes up should I sell my lease instead for a new or used car. The answer is almost always no. A lease is not like most other purchasing agreements, which involve a fixed price that you pay for and then ownership transfers on to you once the terms of the agreement have been met.

A lease turns your agreement into an extended rental transaction. You drive the vehicle for a fixed period of time, agreed upon up front in the contract, at which point you turn it in and walk away with nothing more than a few extra miles on your odometer.

Looking After Your Vehicle

Here’s a list of the maintenance issues you will face if you are financially responsible for any car, these are issues that you’re likely to encounter at some point in your car-owning or car-leasing life.

Sticky Windows

This is usually a simple fix, but such a common issue that it can be hard to know where to start when it happens. For a list of how to fix this issue, go here.

Sometimes the mechanism that opens up your windows simply stops working, and you won’t be able to open or close them.

This is usually a simple fix but requires you to get inside the car and adjust something with a screwdriver, pliers, or some other tool. The exact details can vary from make and model, so ask your mechanic for instructions if you are having issues with this issue.

Brake Shoe Adjustment

This one is a little confusing, but basically, you must know your brakes need this kind of maintenance if you find that the pedal is too low or too high (leaving a large amount of space between your foot and the pedal) or if it feels like the brake is spongy or slow when applied.

Brake shoe adjustments usually involve removing a panel in the wheel well to access the hydraulic piston that controls how hard your brake pads press against the rotor. Then, using a screwdriver, you can turn screws with your hand to adjust how far out they stick from the rotor. Check out this video for more details.

Gas Pedal Adjustment

This is another one that can be tricky but will hopefully never happen to you. For people with stick shifts, this is a common issue in which the gas pedal is getting stuck on.

Sometimes this happens for no reason, and it’s not fixable without buying a new car. Refer to your owner’s manual for more details if you’re having issues with your gas pedal sticking.

Hydraulic System Inspection

This is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your car running smoothly, but it’s very common for mechanics to overlook it. If you’re going through a car inspection, mention this issue and have your mechanic give it a look.

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