Friday, April 12, 2013

Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

With our busy lives, we often forget simple maintenance of our cars. This can result in costly repairs and breakdowns.

It is important to take the time to learn about your car so that you can get the most money and time out of it. Here are a few mistakes that many make:
  • Parking your car outside: Why should one of your most valuable and necessary possessions sit outside where it can be damaged by the elements? Keeping your car in your garage can protect it from unnecessary damage.
  • Not Changing Your Air Filter: Your air filter takes impurities out of the air, but it can become clogged and needs regular changing. A clogged air filter can hurt your fuel economy and end up costing you more in gas.
  • Tire pressure: Check your tire pressure regularly. Tires with too little pressure can hurt your fuel economy and can affect your car's ability to stop quickly. Consult your manual for pressure levels.
  • Oil Change: There are a lot of misconceptions concerning regular oil changes. The rule of thumb used to be 3 months or 3,000 miles, but in today's world of synthetic oil and more efficient cars, it is important to consult your manual or your service representative for further information.
  • Wiper Blades: Often the rubber material on wiper blades deteriorates and can crumble. This can lead to a streaky windshield that is difficult to see through during rain. Check your wiper blades for cracking or loose pieces.
  • Taking Care of Your Brakes: If your brakes are making sounds or feel “funny” it is essential to take them in. Don't risk putting off a funny sound with your brakes. Safety First!
  • Headlights: People often drive around with a burnt out headlight or taillight. These lights are to allow others to see your car. They also allow you to see where you are going! When a light goes out, change it as soon as possible!
  • Cracked Windshield: We have all been there. You are driving on the freeway and all-of-a-sudden a rock flies into your windshield and leaves a nasty star. Taking your car in as soon as possible can save you $. Often, stars that are smaller than an inch in diameter can be filled-in saving you a lot of money. If you wait too long and the star begins to spread into a crack, the entire windshield will need to be replaced.

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How To Check Your Oil
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