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Car Maintenance, What You Need To Know

By Arlene Case

It’s essential that you maintain your car regularly, so that you can extend your car’s life since there are a lot of responsibilities when owning a car and a big amount goes into it. If you do this, this can even mean that your car can exceed it’s normal lifespan. Cars today can easily hit the 100,000 mark while others can exceed 150,000 and more miles. The owners of these cars maintained them with discipline and took very good care of them.

To extend the life of your car, maintenance should be carefully and diligently performed on time. To help you avoid costly repairs and make your car more efficient, here are some steps which you can take.

Most specialists recommend that you change your car’s oil either every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first. Opting to have more frequent changes is better especially if you do a lot of driving even though some manufacturers say that you can change your oil every 7,500 miles or every six months.

Change air filter: if you change the air filter at least once a year and maybe even more if you do a lot of stop and go driving, the engine will run much better, as well as become cleaner.

Rotate tires: ensuring that they will wear out evenly will also help ensure that it stops properly and stays firmly on the road. Have the brakes and shocks inspected, as well, to avoid handling and control problems.

Make sure to change the transmission fluid about every 30 to 60 thousand miles, which is the usual manufacturers’ recommendation.

To help flush out rust and dirt, which has the potential of clogging up a car’s cooling system, drain the radiator every so often and replace the antifreeze regularly.

Change spark plugs: you can change the spark plugs once every 60,000 and sometimes 90,000 miles or more due to the fact that some manufacturers install lifelong spark plugs. However, keep in mind that the longer the plugs are in place, the more difficult they can be to remove. Every 30,000 miles would be best time to replace them.

Exhaust system: the muffler, catalytic converter, and other parts can wear out. If your exhaust system runs poorly,this can rob the energy from the engine.

Wash and wax: weekly washing and a yearly wax job will keep your car looking great.

Battery, fuel filter, PCV valve and hoses should be replaced, along with other parts of the car that may wear out. If the situation calls for it, you might have to replace knock or oxygen sensors as well.

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