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You probably pay close attention to the workings and health of your car’s Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot, and cruise control. All the fun stuff, right? But how much do you know about your vehicle’s maintenance? The best way to keep your car running well and to extend its “life” is to baby it. Basic things such as change the oil, keep it clean, and always do a tune-up on it when needed. Seasonal schedules will keep you from forgetting maintenance and also help your car recover from harsh seasons. Like any other important appointment or maintenance task, put this on the calendar ahead of time to hold yourself to it.
Change the oil regularly
It used to be every 3 months or 3,000 miles, now you can go 5,000 – 10,000 depending on the oil used and manufacturers recommendation. Still, most quick lube shops recommend every 3,000 miles. Unless it voids a warranty, most experts agree with every 5,000. If you go more than 20 miles a day on most flat freeways, go by your owner’s manual which is most likely the 5,000-mile rule.
Change and top oils and fluids
Change oils and fluids when needed. If you don’t know much about them, take your car to a trusted mechanic. There’s the transmission, brake, radiator and most likely some other fluids that need to be replenished regularly. The fluid replacements and topping help ensure the engine is ready to endure summer’s heat. A good mechanic can advise you and he or she will save you money in the long run.
Inspect hoses and belts
Any cracks, holes or damage indicate that a replacement is needed.
Check your windows
Rocks, stones and road debris, including that nasty rock salt that eats at the bottom of your car, can chip your car windows, but it’s best not to wait until you have a chip to make repairs. Driving with cracked and chipped glass is dangerous. Waiting to fix it may also increase the cost of the repair or make it impossible.
Tires need attention
Your tires affect how your car moves and if it isn’t moving efficiently because of low treads, low pressure or bad tires, there’s a domino effect of poor gas mileage, not to mention the safety issue. Tire pressure changes as the outside temperature fluctuate, so if your car doesn’t alert you to that, it’s a good idea to check it regularly. If the tires are over or under-inflated they can wear poorly. Low pressure can lead to tire failure. Too high tire pressure can cause a bounce in your ride or cause issues with stopping. Not only will your car ride better, but it will also get better gas mileage and help your tires last longer.
Fix it when it breaks
If the check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it. Chances are it won’t be as bad as you think – cost-wise, but waiting will cost you more. When brakes are making a squealing noise, take it in before the grinding starts.
Park it in a garage or covered area
This may not be possible for everyone, but if you’ve got a garage, use it for your car instead of the stuff you’ve been meaning to get to. We all get into the habit of storing things in the garage but put your car inside so that birds, pollen, contaminants, and other airborne material doesn’t damage the paint.
Driving fast, braking hard, and weaving in and out of traffic is rude and it’s bad for your car. You don’t want someone breaking hard behind you, do you? We’re all out there together so treat the driver in front, back, and the sides of you the way you want them to treat you.
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