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3 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Car Maintenance

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Driving an automobile grants you the freedom to roam the roads of this great state, but when you are taught to drive, no one teaches you about good car maintenance. We will often rely on our cars to get us to work every day or take the kids to school, but we don’t often take the time to think about what our car needs, other than gas.

Without good care and maintenance, any car, even a very new model, can suffer excess wear and tear that can be avoided, and will often lead to bigger problems that can cost thousands in parts and labor to repair. Here are three things everyone needs to know about car maintenance, so they don’t lose money and make sure their car is always ready when they need it.

Kick the Tires

Where the rubber meets the road is one of the most important parts of a car or truck. Having over-worn or balding tires is not only incredibly dangerous, as it greatly extends braking distances and increases the chance of a blowout, but can also lead to problems with suspension systems and wheel balancing. Make sure you check the depth of the tread in your tires regularly. You may be able to use your car key as a handy measuring tool, just put the tip in the tread and see how far it goes in. If you do this regularly, you should see the depth reduce as wear increases.

Don’t Seize in the Freeze

Sometimes the temperature can drop well below freezing and this can cause a lot of damage to your car. Water is one of the resources your car uses, as a coolant in the radiator, or as something to wash the windshield. Making sure there is the right anti-freeze product in your car will help protect it in winter, so it will run whatever the weather. Shops like Auto & Fleet Mechanic can help you prepare for extreme weather, including fitting snow chains to tires, for your safety and that of your car.

Check Your Oil Often

Checking the oil is one of the tasks that everyone has heard of, but few people actually do. In your engine bay is a dipstick. This is usually identified very easily by its large, yellow handle, which is often a hoop or ring. By drawing it out of the engine, like a sword from a sheath, you first wipe it clean with a cloth and return it to the engine and take it out again. The oil left on the stick marks your oil level and there will be markings on the stick to indicate how much oil should be there. If the oil doesn’t reach the mark, you need to top up your oil or your engine will start to wear.

With a few simple precautions to make sure your car has everything it needs, you can keep it running for many years and hundreds of thousands of miles.

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published | April 15, 2019