Healthy car

29 Apr

It’s easier than you think to keep your car healthy
and on the road. Here are six simple things you can
do to ward off unexpected trips to the repair shop.

1. Oil changes: Find your frequency—The old
adage of changing oil every three months or
3,000 miles still holds true for many a used car,
but a lot of newer vehicles are engineered to go
even longer than that. Bottom line: Stick to the
frequency suggested in your owners’ manual
to keep your car running … well, like a well-oiled machine.

2. Regular maintenance: Stay on schedule—Nearly all owners’ manuals include a
recommended maintenance schedule. You’ll
typically see suggestions for specific services
at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000
miles. Bottom line: Review your vehicle’s
maintenance schedule and follow it.

3. Warning lights: When in doubt, get it checked
out—If a warning light appears on your dash,
have it diagnosed right away. It might be
something minor that can wait, but it could
also be the first sign of a bigger problem that
you could nip in the bud, saving yourself a
major hassle and price tag. Bottom line: Get
any warning lights checked immediately; it can
be the difference between a minor fix and
major repair.

4. Unusual noises: Listen up—Once a week, turn
your phone off and radio down. Listen for any
new or unusual noises. They might be
challenging to discern at first, but over time,
you’ll get used to how your vehicle sounds and
will notice anything out of the ordinary. Bottom
line: Familiarizing yourself with your car’s
sounds will help you know when something is
amiss, and you could prevent a small problem
from becoming a big one.

5. Tires: Make a full rotation—Rotating your tires
extends their life and gives your auto
technician a chance to check your brakes,
struts, tie rods, etc. Bottom line: You’ll get
better performance and more miles out of your
tires. Plus, you could learn about potential
maintenance needs before they become a
problem.

6. Peace-of-mind: Ask for a once-over—Finally,
every so often, ask your auto technician to give
your vehicle a thorough once-over (they’ll
check things like your air filters, fluid levels,
brake and fuel lines, exhaust system, and
more). Bottom line: Most techs will let you
know what needs to be addressed now and
what can wait a while longer, so you get the
peace-of-mind of knowing where things stand.

You don’t need to be a master technician—like my
husband—to keep your car healthy. Smart
maintenance means following a few simple tips.

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