What is the difference between an aircraft that doesn’t get preventative maintenance and a car that doesn’t? The car’s drivers can pull over if their car quits and call a tow truck. The plane’s pilot is going to die. Think that you might handle maintenance differently if your car was a plane? You bet you would as death is not a good option.
Federal law requires aircraft maintenance every 100 hours or so. If you don’t get your aircraft signed off by a certified mechanic the plane is “grounded” and you can’t use it. If it were the same for automotive care, our experience is that 80% of the cars on the road would be “grounded”. That is a huge percentage! That means 8 in 10 of the cars on the road wouldn’t be on the road for lack of maintenance.
Twenty percent of the cars we see daily are in excellent mechanical condition and virtually all of those are less than 2 years old. Take them out of the equation and almost 100% of our inspected vehicles need some type of service!
Do your best to take care of your car, truck, or RV. You may not kill yourself if your car quits but your wallet could suffer shock and death if you avoid regular maintenance.
See us at Sturken’s automotive at least twice a year to keep your vehicle “airworthy”.