Basic Car Care

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Taking care of the inside and outside of your car will make it last longer. Sometimes we push things off for a while thinking it’s not important but, it could break other stuff as well. These are the basic priorities you need to do to take care of your car.

Oil

Every car is different when it comes to how long an oil change lasts. You can damage the engine if you do not change the oil when needed. You should also check your oil frequently. Don’t wait for the low oil light to come on to check or fill it. Also, be mindful of what oil you are putting in your car. There are many types. On the oil cap of your car, it will tell you what oil your car takes.

Cleaning

Cleaning the outside of the car is actually important. If you live in a snowy area, your roads are most likely salted. The salt can help oxidize the metals on the car and create rust. The rocks they put down can also take off the paint on your car as well. Make sure to clean the bottom of your car in the winter. If your frame is rusted and starts to fall apart, your car will not pass inspection. Also if the body is rusted enough that will fail inspection as well.

Brakes

Don’t wait until you run out of brakes to get them replaced. If you wait too long to get your brakes serviced, you can ruin the brake lines. You would have to replace calipers and possibly brake lines and that’s expensive.

Alignment

You hit a pothole and now you have to turn your steering wheel to go straight. Going a few miles like that isn’t that big of a deal, but over time you will destroy your tires. Going a long time like that can eat your tires and wear down parts of your suspension. Most likely one tire is pointing in a different direction and would put tension on other parts of the car.

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