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Car Care Tips

Kent Pinkerton
March 1, 2006

It’s true what they say – if you treat your car well, it will never give you problems. Car breakdowns happen only to people who are neglectful. If you know how to keep you car in top shape, you can expect it to never let you down.

Aside from a regular oil change, battery maintenance, and regular fluid check up, there are also other important car-care routines to keep in mind:

Use only the best quality fuel. Remember that fuel acts as your car’s food – if you feed your car well, it will perform better. Use only clean-burning gasoline that not only accelerates your car’s performance, but also helps clean out engine deposits and is safe to the environment.

Maintain your tires. Make it a habit to check your tires’ air pressure at least once a month. Proper tire inflation not only prevents flats, but also saves you fuel and keeps your car and engine stable. Don’t wait for your tires to get all worn out before you replace them. Experts recommend that you switch tires every two to three years, depending in your usage.

Clean your air filters. Filters act to inhibit harmful particles (such as dirt and dust) from entering the engine. If you neglect cleaning your filters, bad air may pass through and cause expensive, even irreversible, damages.

Change your wiper blades regularly. Remember that wiper blades perform the very important function of keeping debris out of your view, and they are especially helpful when you’re driving in low light or bad weather conditions. Don’t wait for your wiper blades to leave streaks or make noise before replacing them because by then, it may already be too late. Bad wipers can scratch your windshield and leave unsightly and annoying marks. If you can, try to change your wipers as the seasons change.

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