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Car Maintenance

07 Mar Blog | Comments

Owning a car is much like owning a house. There is always something that needs to be or should be done to it. For a house it might be painting a room, fixing up the bathroom or a new driveway. For a car it might be an oil change, new tires or a new battery. And just like a house, the better you take care of your car, the longer things will last.

If you have someone come out to check your air conditioning unit once a year you can avert major issues down the road. It is the same with your car. It is so important that you do a few things to maintain your car, so you get the most out of it for as long as possible.

If you get the oil changes when you are supposed to your car will run like it is supposed to. If you don’t gunk can build up and eventually do some major damage. The only thing to keep in mind is that most mechanics will now tell you that it is really not necessary to change it every 3,000 miles like we have been trained to do. You can really get away with 4,000 miles on most vehicles.

Tires are another part of your car you should not neglect. If your tires are bald it will not matter what kind of brakes you have. You could end up sliding all over the place because there is no tread to grip the road. That can create some very scary moments and ultimately end up in an accident.

To go along with the tires are brakes. You can buy new tires, but if your brakes are down to metal you will not be able to stop when you need to. This will of course make things a bit more challenging and possibly very dangerous. The last thing you want to do is wreck your mode of transportation.

Another biggie, which is actually fairly cheap, compared to the others is to change your wiper blades often. You wouldn’t think something that small would be a big deal. However, you don’t ever want to be driving behind a truck that shoots mud up at your windshield and not be able to get that cleaned off. Being able to see out the window is just as vital as being able to stop.

Other things that you should keep an eye on include: having your air conditioning checked each year, change your other fluids, like transmission fluid, at the recommended mileage and keep an eye on the lights on your dashboard. You may have to get an e-check done, so if that check engine light comes on get yourself to your mechanic as soon as possible.

Keeping your car maintained is not anyone’s favorite thing to do, but if you want to keep everyone in your car safe it is important. A house requires constant care, but will not lead to a possibly deadly accident. So, do not skimp on keeping your car in the best shape possible. Besides keeping you safe, maintaining your car will extend the life of the car. That means you won’t’ have to buy a new car for 7-10 years. Otherwise, you could be looking to replace your car after 5 or 6 years which will cost you more money in the long run.


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