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Preventing Car Trouble With Proper Maintenance

By Ruth Williams

We all know what neglect can do to the human body. Eating the wrong foods, smoking, and not exercising can cause you to become sluggish and ill health can result. The same holds true for your car. Not maintaining its internal systems can lead to catastrophic failure, which means it may no longer run at all. Here are a few general tips for keeping your car going with proper maintenance.

1. Everyone knows you need to put gasoline into your car or it will stop running. Not everyone realizes how critically important oil is to the life of an automobile. Engine oil has a limited life span and after a time, starts to “carbonize” and lose its lubricating quality and effectiveness. If you fail to change the oil, carbon deposits will start clogging the oil pick-up screen, causing the oil supply to the engine to decrease and causing friction. It’s also important to check the oil level periodically to keep your car running smoothly.

2. We all need water on a hot summer day so that we don’t overheat or get dehydrated, and the same is true for your car. It’s very important to make certain that the levels of coolant are high in order to prevent your car’s engine from getting so hot that it will no longer function properly.

3. Several parts of your car’s engine need to be checked out by a professional mechanic periodically, since your engine will not function well if these areas are neglected. Components such as fuel and air filters, timing belt, and spark plugs should be part of your car’s routine tune-up.

4. Make sure battery terminals aren’t loose or corroded and check for cracks, leaks or damage. If there is an acid leak from the battery, have it replaced right away, as acid can destroy any other components nearby if left unchecked.

5. Address the minor things that may come up with your car before they escalate. Let’s say you hear a tapping noise in the engine or your car is “pulling” to one side. Have it checked out even if you feel it’s not very significant. Many people ignore the “check engine” light on the dashboard to their detriment. That light is telling you that there is an issue with the engine that needs your attention. Having a once-over can give you peace of mind so that it doesn’t become a bigger issue later.

You really don’t need to be a mechanic to take care of your car properly. If you perform all the preventive maintenance that is recommended, you’ll keep it going well into the future. Just as you keep your health on track with check-ups, taking care of your car before there’s a problem can keep it going for years to come.

Ruth Williams is a journalist with many interests which include online degree programs and online degrees for working women.

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