5 Key Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car in Good Condition

There should be little doubt in your mind that routine vehicle maintenance is important. As you may well know, little problems have a tendency to snowball into larger issues, and that’s exactly what happens when you neglect to service your vehicle, according to US News & World Report:

“Overdue auto care often creates a domino effect, where one worn out part then damages other components on your car. What would normally have been a minor maintenance expense cascades into a costly repair bill.”

So, by taking care of regular maintenance duties on your car, you’ll help prolong its life and save yourself some cash in the long run. With that in mind, we’d like to draw attention to five key maintenance points you’ll want to remember.

1. Inspect Your Car Routinely

You won’t be able to identify potential problems with your vehicle if you don’t check it, so you should get in the habit of performing regular inspections to assess any issues.

Even if you aren’t a professional mechanic, you can still identify areas where your car might need some work, so read your owner’s manual thoroughly to get an idea of what to look for and put together a solid vehicle maintenance checklist that will guide you through your self-inspections.

2. Take a Look at Your Tires

You can’t go anywhere without your tires, and a blowout on the road is always best to avoid, so checking your tire treads and pressure are both vital.

Michelin outlines a simple test you can do, The Penny Test, to ensure your treads are in good condition. As for pressure levels, you can determine what’s appropriate by reading your vehicle’s owner’s manual and getting a pressure gauge to test for yourself.

Additionally, you’ll want to get in the habit of rotating your tires (swapping them to a new position on your car), to ensure even tire wear and extend their lifespan.

3. Check Your Oil Levels

Consumer Reports notes that you should “think of motor oil as the life’s blood of your car’s engine.” It helps clean the engine, prevents overheating, and without it, your engine parts can’t stay lubricated enough to do their job effectively.

Check your vehicle’s guide to determine how often your oil should be replaced, and get in the habit of checking it regularly to ascertain if your current level is sufficient. When checking the oil, make sure your car is on level ground and your engine is cold, as you wouldn’t want to accidentally burn yourself.

4. Attend to Your Air Filters

Your car has multiple air filters designed to extract dirt — both for your engine and cabin. You’ll want to check these at regular intervals to determine if they are dirty, clogged, and need to be changed.

Keeping a clean engine air filter will improve your vehicle’s performance and contribute to its longevity, while the cabin air filter helps prevent pollen, smog, and other irritants from entering your vehicle. Both are important for a safe and clean ride.

5. Don’t Forget Your Wipers

You tend not to notice you wiper blades until you need them, but it’s important to check them regularly to ensure they aren’t worn. Worn blades, obviously, aren’t as effective, so replacing them before they reach the point of uselessness is key.


Maintenance Is Serious Business

All the above maintenance tasks are ones that you can tackle on your own, but they aren’t the only ones your car might need. Keep researching to determine what you can handle by yourself and what will require the aid of a skilled mechanic, and be sure to take your car in for servicing when the time is right.

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