You Probably Didn’t Know You Should Be Doing These Things To Your Car

Want to avoid spending big money on vehicle repairs this year and in years to come? The first step is taking proper care of your vehicle and understanding what kind of care your vehicle requires. Regular maintenance makes a world of difference when it comes to the function and longevity of any vehicle. Additionally, taking the right steps to care for your car can maintain the value for future sale or trade-in, so you can continue on the right path to that dream car you’ve always wanted. With these simple yet necessary vehicle maintenance tips, you will be riding in style for months and years to come.

Never Drive on Empty

When the low-fuel light turns on in your vehicle, you most likely have 10-15% of a full tank left. Besides a time-consuming and embarrassing wait for your friend to come pick you up on the side of the road, running out of gas can potentially lead to a much more dangerous or costly fix. If you run out of fuel in the middle of a busy road or a deserted rural area, you may put yourself in unnecessary danger.  In addition, driving your car until the fuel tank is empty can decrease the lubrication on your fuel pump, and it may require replacement. Keeping your gas gauge at a quarter-tank or higher is the best bet to avoid these situations.

Check Your Tire Pressure

There is a tire pressure indicator on your car dashboard, but regularly checking your tire pressure is a good idea regardless.  Replacing tires is expensive, so you want to make sure that yours are wearing evenly so they won’t need replacement earlier than necessary. Under-inflated tires result in lower fuel economy, and tires with irregular pressure run a risk of bursting. Consult your owner’s manual or local tire expert on how and when to have your tires serviced to avoid these problems.

Keep Your Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

The most important piece of taking care of your vehicle is keeping a regular maintenance schedule. Having your car serviced at the recommended date or mileage can alert you to potential problems and ensure that your vehicle continues to run smoothly.

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