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Regular Preventative Maintenance Will Save You Money in the Long Run

When it comes to automobiles, the old adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”, almost never holds true. And whether you drive a sports car or a beater, performing regular preventative maintenance is a vital ingredient in ensuring that your vehicle both remains reliable and lives a long, mile-filled life. Simply by changing fluids and filters, performing regular tune-ups, keeping tires correctly pressurized, and replacing worn wiper blades, you can save money and ensure that your car, truck, or van runs happily, efficiently, and safely for years to come.

Oil Changes
Given that the engine is the one of the most expensive—if not the most expensive—parts of your vehicle, keeping all its part working together smoothly it is fundamental to good preventative maintenance. Regular oil changes using high-quality motor oil will help you to prevent the accumulation of sludge, moisture, and acids and protect your engine from unwanted corrosion. It’s important to determine an oil change schedule that reflects the quality of oil you chose to use and the amount of wear you put on the car. Although some manufacturers recommend oil change intervals as large as every 7500 miles, it’s best to discuss this with your local mechanic to determine an oil change schedule that best fits you vehicle and your driving habits. Don’t forget to get your oil filter changed as well!

Cooling system
Coming in at a close second to changing your engine oil is cooling system maintenance. In order to be safe, it’s important to check the coolant levels in accordance with the shortest amount of time or distance recommended in your owner’s manual. Additionally, it’s important to test the condition of your vehicle’s coolant at least every six months, while coolant levels should be checked on a monthly basis. Although this method of testing may lead you to flush and replace your engine coolant well before the life-interval of your coolant has arrived, it is nonetheless the most effective method for maintaining a healthy coolant condition and preventing engine rust. If you do decide to delay a coolant change, make sure your coolant doesn’t stay so long in the radiator that it changes color; that change is a sign that your engine is rusting.

Transmission
While the automatic transmission generally tends to live a long life and deliver reliable service, it can perform well for quite a bit longer with just a little help and good service. Flushing the transmission and renewing the transmission fluid every two years or 24,000 miles will keep your car shifting well and help prevent more serious problems that could occur down the road. Although olden transmission services used to flush only some of the fluid, modern flushes change all the fluid and generally use the opportunity to dissolve harmful deposits. Regular transmission flushes can dramatically extend the life of your transmission; so don’t forget to get them done!

Although auto parts are manufactured to last a long time, all components can have a shorter life than advertised if not they aren’t properly maintained or are affected by other faulty components. For example, brake rotors may be properly installed but if the brake pads, which come in contact with the rotors, are worn beyond safe limits, they could damage the rotors themselves, thus creating a far costlier problem and making your vehicle unsafe to drive. For this reason it’s important not to cheat or scrimp on preventative maintenance. And while letting preventative maintenance measures slide might save you some money in the short run, it’s sure to cost you more in the end. Regular and proper preventative maintenance will provide you with reliability, safety, and peace of mind.

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