Routine Car Maintenance Tips
One of the best things about getting a new car is experiencing it in such great condition. Everything about new cars is pristine, from the inside out. But what happens as you drive your car on a regular basis? Is it going to remain in such optimal condition in a few years, all on its own? The answer is no. Unless you are maintaining a vehicle on a regular basis, it is not going to remain in tip-top condition for very long. That is why routine car maintenance is so important. Whether your new car is brand new or just new-to-you, make sure you abide by the following maintenance tips…
It is very important to change the oil in your engine, along with any other fluid in the interior portion of your car, every few thousand miles. The old adage says that you should change your oil changes every 3,000 miles, but your manufacturer’s recommendation should be the rule by which you abide. You might want to get your oil changed more frequently if you put a lot of wear and tear on your car; your mechanic can give you a good idea on your optimal oil change intervals. Routine oil changes ensure your engine continues to run smoothly and without any hitches.
You might wonder how tire rotation helps keep your car maintained properly. The answer is that your tires experience wear and tear every time they are on the road. If your tires remain in one position, some will experience more wear than others. If you rotate your tires whenever you get your oil changed, you can help ensure your tires are wearing more evenly. Failure to rotate your tires can result in a tire bursting while you are on the road.
Getting your brakes checked is the best way to keep yourself and everyone else on the road safe. When your car is new, the brakes run with power and precision, which can lull you into a false sense of security. When you try the same type of brake maneuver a year later, you might not be able to stop in time because your brakes are not functioning at an optimal level. Make sure you get your brakes checked whenever you’re having other routine maintenance done.
You car’s air filter is something people often ignore, but you cannot expect to keep your car, and the people inside, in good condition unless you change the car’s air filter frequently. The filter is usually located under the car’s hood in a black box. The box is rectangular in shape, and has metal clips on the side. If you do not see it immediately, check your owner’s manual for the details. The filter only costs $10 or $15 and takes a few minutes to replace, but it can really help you keep your car in good shape.