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Car Maintenance Tips

by Asd fg (2019-12-20)

In response to QuitoPlan ®

Get in the habit of conducting regular vehicle maintenance and you’ll avoid potentially costly breakdowns as well as extend the life of your car. You can handle basic routine vehicle maintenance yourself, by following a regular schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual.

1. Acquaint yourself with your owner’s manual.

Every vehicle has an owner’s manual, a thick book typically squirreled away in the glove box or another storage compartment. If you can’t find your copy, an electronic version could reside online. Otherwise, contact your dealer for a copy.

With manual in hand, head to the maintenance schedule section. Take note of the intervals for such maintenance items as the engine oil and filter, tire rotation, belts and hoses, and so on.

2. Change your oil and oil filter.

Oil is your engine’s life blood. It serves as a lubricant, keeping important engine parts from grinding against each other and destroying the engine. Motor oil not changed regularly can also damage your engine as accumulated contaminants cause friction, rubbing parts together.

Car Maintenance Tips - What type of oil should you use — petroleum-based or synthetic? Should you stay with one over the other? According to Engineering Editor Jason Kavanagh, that’s not important. He noted, “As long as the oil meets the service and viscosity requirements set out in your owner's manual, you can switch back and forth as much as you want.”