maintenance tips

For most Americans, their vehicles are their keys to success; vehicles take people to work, kids to school, and loved ones to loved ones. Accordingly, cars hold a lot of value, a fact that many vehicle owners forget about until it’s too late. Follow these tips to keep your car running well for as long as possible and avoid breakdowns:

1. Replace Your Air Filters

Air filters are easy to maintain but can cause catastrophic damage to a vehicle if neglected. Change your filters every 12 months or for every 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) to ensure that dirty air filters don’t cause you any problems.

To replace your filters, consult your driver’s manual for the proper parts, purchase them online and then either install them yourself or hire a trusted mechanic for the job.

2. Change Your Windshield Wipers

Yes, windshield wipers really do make a difference, especially if you live in a location where the elements play a major role in your road-side safety. After all, if you total your car because you can’t see out your windshield when it’s raining, you will wish you took the time to get those wipers replaced.

Consult you owners manual and follow instructions for wiper replacement and installation.

3. Check Your Tire Pressure

Adequate tire pressure is yet another often ignored facet of your car’s proper functioning. Without it, you run the risk of ruining your tires, decreasing your mileage, and a general lack of safety.

Every so often (and especially after major temperature fluctuations or long trips), stop at the gas station and pay the buck it costs to gauge your tires’ air pressure and potentially fill them up a bit.

tire rotation4. Rotate Your Tires

Every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, you ought to get your tires rotated. Change them from front to back to help extend their life and maintain as much road-to-tire friction as possible so you can remain in control when you’re at the wheel.

5. Change Your Fuel Filters

Replacing your fuel filters is integral the long-term health of your car. Whether your key is in the ignition or your car is parked in the lot, your car’s fuel filter is constantly working to make sure that your fuel is ready to be pumped. It will need to be replaced every so often, so keep it in mind!

6. Keep an Eye on Your Power Steering Oil/Fluid

Keeping your car lubricated and functional is important, plus you probably want to be able to make turns. It takes a long time for this guy to run out, but if you’re getting a check up, it’s worth your while to ask your mechanic for an update on its status.

7. Check Your Lights and Electrical Components

Ever seen someone driving around with their taillight out? That could happen to you if you never take the time to check on the electrical systems of your car; every so often have a friend watch your front and back end while you put on your blinkers and pump the brakes. It may just save you an expensive ticket.

8. Read Your Owner’s Manual

It probably won’t be the best read, but it will be worth your while when something strange goes on in your car and you have a decent chance at diagnosing it. Don’t waste time at the side of the road flipping through a manual; catch problems before they become full-fledge disasters.

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