4 Preventative Maintenance Tips To Do For Your Car, And When

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Knowledgeable vehicle owners know that in order to get the maximum mileage out of your vehicle during its lifetime, you need to follow a strict maintenance schedule. And while it's sometimes easy to get busy in life and forget your regular maintenance schedule, it's at least worth it to try. In fact, it can be the difference in a major car repair and escaping the bills that come along with such an event. We're here to give you four general maintenance tips for your vehicle's most important systems so that you can increase the lifespan of your vehicle. It doesn't matter what brand of vehicle or model of vehicle you have. All vehicles have these particular maintenance needs, just at different times (see your vehicle's manual to know the exact "when" of these tips).

4 Preventative Maintenance Tips

Ready for those tips? Here we go!

  • Read Your Owner's Manual
    If you haven't read your owner's manual, you're not alone. Many folks buy a vehicle and keep the owner's manual closely tucked away somewhere, never to be looked at or flipped through. By not reading your owner's manual, you're actually depriving yourself of learning everything you need to know to keep your vehicle running at top capacity during its lifetime. The owner's manual will have valuable information, such as how big your gas tank is, how many miles per gallon your vehicle gets, what it means when your tank hits empty, and how often your car needs an oil change. As for when to read your owner's manual, we recommend reading it the moment you get your vehicle home, but if you haven't read it yet, it's never too late. Do it now.

  • Get regular oil changes
    Oil changes lubricate your engine and the components of your vehicle so that they run smoothly. If you don't get a regular oil change, you're drastically selling your vehicle short and will lose perhaps years off its lifespan or face costly repairs to keep it running. Why go through the hassle? Oil changes are recommended every 3,000 miles, but your vehicle may only need one every 10,000 miles. You can check your owner's manual or online guides to find out just when your specific model needs an oil change. You can also see if your car's low on oil by using the dipstick test.

  • Check and Replace Cabin Air Filter
    Sometimes folks forget that for the AC to run without any major problems, such as bacterial build-up and eventual breakdown from this, you have to replace the cabin air filter. They sell these air filters at just about any auto parts store and it's usually very easily replaceable. If you prefer to have someone else do it, there's always that to turn to. Estimates for how often you should replace your cabin air filter range from 15,000 miles to 30,000 miles. Once again, check that owner's manual! It has some great stuff in there.

  • Get your tires rotated
    For tires to age evenly, they need to be rotated. Most experts recommend that you have your tires rotated and balanced every 6 months or 6,000-8,000 miles. Remember your owner's manual? It usually has your maintenance schedules built right into it, which is why we recommended reading your owner's manual first. It's a great guide for when you should have maintenance on your specific vehicle.

Learn More Tips On Preventative Maintenance

You can keep your car running happy and healthy most of its life by following these tips and a lot of helpful other ones. To learn more about preventative maintenance, just contact us today for more great tips.

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