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Keep Your Car Running with Preventative Maintenance

Prevention is the best medicine

We’ve all heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly holds true for your car. By following the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, you are taking an important step toward extending the life of your vehicle and avoiding costly repairs. Read on to learn the routine maintenance jobs you should make sure your vehicle undergoes on a regular basis.

Oil change

Whether you do it yourself or have the dealership or quick lube shop do it, changing your car’s oil and oil filter is important. Oil keeps the parts of your engine lubricated. Over time, the oil breaks down and isn’t as effective. Having regular oil changes done ensures your car’s engine parts continue to work smoothly.

The old standard of having your oil changed every 3,000 miles doesn’t hold true for most late model vehicles. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the recommended mileage for an oil change to avoid needlessly wasting money on extra oil changes.

Tires

Providing traction and grip, your tires are the only thing between your car and the road. Ensuring that your tires are in peak condition is key to your safety. Just like brake pads, your driving habits have a big effect on the lifespan of your tires.

A built-in wear indicator helps you keep tabs on the tread life of your tires. Small ridges between the treads are where you’ll find the wear indicator on each tire. When the tire tread becomes even with the ridges of the wear indicator, you’ll know that it’s time for new tires.

Lights and Wipers

Having a clear view of the road and being seen by other drivers are of utmost importance every time you get behind the wheel. Periodically check your lights – especially your headlights, taillights and brake lights to ensure that they are working. Replace any burned out bulbs immediately.

The same goes for your windshield wipers. Inspect your wiper blades on a regular basis for any tears, splits or other signs of wear. Damaged wipers won’t deliver a clear wipe, which can obstruct your field of view. Change your wipers as soon as you notice any issues with them.

Cabin Air Filter

No one likes to breathe in foul-smelling air inside their car. That’s where the cabin air filter comes in. Your vehicle’s cabin air filter ensures that the air inside your car is fresh. If you don’t change your cabin air filter, the filter will become more clogged with dirt and debris and the efficiency of the filter and your car’s HVAC system will be compromised.

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The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in lieu of seeking professional advice from a certified technician or mechanic. We encourage you to consult with a certified technician or mechanic if you have specific questions or concerns relating to any of the topics covered herein. 

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