So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you can. Here are some suggestions:
First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!
For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the br ...[more]
So you step on the brake pedal and hear a loud, high-pitched groan or squeal. That means you’re headed for auto repair and your brakes are about to need replacement, right? Not necessarily.
If…and this is a big, important “if”…your brakes are performing normally and you don’t seem to be experiencing any loss in braking power, that obnoxious noise might be nothing to worry about. The friction material on brake pads is a very hard, dense compound of semi-metallic fibers or ceramic; sometimes, that noise can just be caused by the pads themselves vibrating while brakes are applied. That will also make the brake rotor vibrate, and between the two assemblies, you’ll hear a loud squealing or ringing sound, sometimes only as the car is just coming to a complete ...[more]
- Lubricate engine to reduce wear and friction
- Reduce engine temperatures
- Maintaining proper engine function
If a tune-up sounds like a simple thing, you’d probably be surprised that many car owners actually forget to have one done regularly. In combination with other preventative maintenance like transmission flushes and oil changes, tune-ups can extend the life of your vehicle by inspecting and restoring vital engine parts. Tune-ups should be done at regular intervals, about every 30,000 miles, and especially in older vehicles. Things wear out overtime, so even if it’s been a few years, you may want to ask yourself: When was the last time I checked my hoses and gaskets? Are my sparkplugs still in working condition? How long has it been since I’ve changed the air-filter or fuel-filter?
Tune-ups can not only replace worn parts they can save you time and money in the long run by preventing costly future repairs, and boosting the performance of your vehicle. If you’ve noticed any of the following, it’s probably time for a routine tune-up:...[more]