May is “National Good Car Keeping Month” and serves as a reminder to auto owners to keep their vehicles in good repair. Vehicles that are not well-maintained run less efficiently than cars that are properly maintained and are also more prone to break-downs. A vehicle that is in ill-repair can also cause a serious accident, which can in turn result in serious injuries or even death. Drivers need to be able to make a quick stop and swerve to avoid other vehicles, pedestrians or even wildlife. Keeping your car in good repair is not only good for your car—it is good for you and your fellow motorists. To keep your car running at its best, make sure to schedule or perform a tune-up which includes completing the following tasks:
- Change oil and filter: Car manufactures use to recommend that an owner change the oil in a vehicle every 3,000 miles or so. However, with technological advances in the areas of both engines and oil, that guideline is no longer true for most cars built in the last ten years. Many cars can go 5,000 to almost 10,000 miles between oil changes. To make sure you are doing best by your car, always consult the owner’s manual. The same advice holds true about changing your vehicle’s oil filter.
- Check all fluids: Oil is not the only fluid your car needs to function at its best. When checking fluids make sure you not only check and top off the oil, but also inspect the transmission, brake, radiator, power steering, and windshield wiper fluids. If you do not feel comfortable checking or filling these fluids, be certain to have your mechanic check them on a regular basis.
- Check for leaks: A leak is easy to spot—usually it is a puddle in your driveway or garage. However, with all the different types of fluids it can be difficult to tell which fluid is the one leaking. One easy way to determine the culprit fluid is to place a large piece of cardboard or of newsprint underneath the vehicle and wait. Once you have collected the drips you can examine the color and odor of fluid, which should help you narrow down which fluid is leaking. Leaks are not only bad for your driveway—they also can cause slick spots on the roadways—which can lead to an accident. Be proactive and have a leak fixed or repaired as soon as possible.
- Inspect and rotate tires: Tires can make all the difference in the ability to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision. If you are uncertain if your tires need to be replaced, you can check the amount of tread with a tire tread gauge or have your mechanic check the tires at your next tune-up.
- Take a look under the engine: You do not have to be a certified mechanic to recognize trouble. Even an amateur can spot a cracked hose or corrosion on a battery. While looking under the hood, take a minute to also check the air filter. If it looks dirty replace it or clean it with a little compressed air. The life expectancy of an air filter is around 6,000 miles depending on how and where you drive.
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