Do you want to maximize the lifetime of your car? THEN TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAR. Auto mechanisms and technologies are constantly advancing. Manufacturers are finding more and more ways to strengthen vehicles and make vehicles more economic. As a result, cars are built to last longer.
However, some reliability remains on the auto owner. After all, once the auto leaves the lot, it is you the owner who is ultimatley responsibility for taking care of your car. The dealership or a personal mechanic can help with auto maintenance, but, even with help, the owner still has to know when to take his/her car into the shop. Cars are complex objects, but simple maintenance can make a car easy going, and make the car’s owner worry-free. Here are some basic tips on how to care for your vehicle:
Check your tire pressure routinely (especially in cold weather)
Perhaps once a month, check the tire pressure for each of your vehicle’s tires. This can take five minutes; it’s a quick enough process to where you can accomplish it while you’re waiting on your car to fill up on gas. Check your car’s manual to confirm the preferred psi for your tires. Make sure the tires meet the psi guidelines. If they do not, you can take them to a nearby tire shop, or you can fill them up yourself at practically any gas station. Lastly, be sure to pay special attention to your tires throughout the winter months. Cold weather causes tire pressure to lessen in a more extreme fashion.
Rotate tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles
A scheduled tire rotation with your mechanic or dealership can greatly increase the life of your tires. Tires are expensive, between the four of them, tires will cost you over $1,000. Thus, make sure you get your money’s worth by rotating them and monitoring their air pressures (as mentioned above).
Change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles
You’ll want to check your vehicle manual for oil specifics as well. Typically, an oil change is necessary every 3,000 to 5,000 miles driven. Specifically, 3,000 for older-modeled vehicles and 5,000 for newer vehicles. You can check the oil on your own with a dipstick, or you can take it to a mechanic for a routine oil change. Insufficient oil can cause serious issues, such as engine overheating and engine failure.
Change your air filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles
An overworked air filter can result in efficiency problems for your vehicle. Therefore, you should change it out every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. It’s a simple swap that you yourself can take care of in a matter of minutes. You want to make sure your car breathes and breathes clean air only.
A vehicle’s brakes are rather important, wouldn’t you agree? The difference between average brakes and good brakes can be the difference between car accident and no car accident. Don’t risk costly vehicle repairs due to simple negligence towards your vehicle’s brakes. Plus, low-quality brakes can result in an annoying squeaking sound coming from your brake pads. Once again, a routine vehicle maintenance can ensure healthy brakes. Chances are you will just need your brake pads cleaned, if anything.
This one is simple. If either of your headlights or taillights are out, fix them. Not only will this help with safety, but it will also prevent you from being ticketed by a police officer.
Save your receipts
Just as a heads up, save any receipts for work that was done on your vehicle. These will be helpful to mechanics and they can also come in handy when dealing with your insurance company after a car accident. Moreover, you’ll want to make sure your mechanic, and your insurance company, are accounting for repaired/upgraded car parts.
Certainly, you see a theme here…maintain the critical parts of your car. Specifically, the engine that makes it go, the tires that make it move, and the brakes that make it stop. If you can abide by these basic car maintenance tips, you will be rewarded with a safer, longer lasting, and cheaper vehicle investment.
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