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Tips to Extend Your Car’s Life

By keeping a vehicle well maintained, it will be drivable for longer and prevent large repair bills. This isn’t a difficult task to accomplish when the below tips are followed.

Education

The easiest way to learn about a new car is to read its manual. Within the manual, there will be a schedule to follow for maintenance checks. By adhering to those suggestions, mechanics will be able to spot potential problems and make suggestions on how to keep the car running smoothly.

Wise Driving

The best way to extend the car’s life is to drive carefully. Cold starts can cause problems in the engine, reduce gas mileage and hurt the environment. Combining shorter trips when possible will save both time and the vehicle. When there are multiple cars in a household, be sure to drive each one at least once a week.

Watch the Fluids

Although there may be no leaks at the moment, it’s still smart to monitor levels of oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid and brake fluid. When a leak does start, it can be found before it becomes too bad. Monitoring fluid colors is also a good way to make sure everything is running properly.

Check the Oil

Keeping up with oil changes is a basic way to maintain mileage and engine function. Generally, oil must be changed either every 3-6 months or 3000-5000 miles. The manual will note if the vehicle model needs special treatment. When in doubt, the manufacturer would be able to assist with questions.

Keep the Air Filter Fresh

Auto parts stores stock air filters for most vehicle makes and models. It’s important to change the filter every 12,000 miles in order to keep maximum function.

Clean the Car

Keeping the body of the car clean will prevent rust and corrosion. Usually, the undercarriage will rust first, because it’s always subjected to grit from the road. Once it goes, vital components like brake lines can also become damaged.

Tire Inflation

Tire gauges will show if the tires are under-inflated. Improper tire inflation reduces gas mileage by up to 10% and life of the tire by 15%.

Extending a car’s life is simple when continuous car maintenance becomes a part of the routine of car ownership.

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