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Smart Car Maintenance

Updated on March 14, 2011

The average life expectancy for most essential parts on your car depends on origin, lot components, brand and quality. When you drive off with your brand new car, all of the components fit in from factory will be the ones that will be lasting the most. But once the guaranty expires, components will be breaking down and you will need to replace them. Knowing the brands of each component that has to be replaced is important. Talk to your supplier or mechanic on the best quality to price ratio in substitute components for your car.

  • If you’re a do it yourselfer you can start by substituting brake fluid once a year. This isn’t a common practice, and few owners’ manuals mention it but brake fluid attracts water, from condensation and humidity in the air frequently causing deterioration in the master and wheel cylinders, shortening their lives.

  • Replacing brake fluid regularly saves costly substitute of cylinders.
  • Cold weather means your tires need additional air tire which may have lost some pressure during the summer and fall season and could become underinflated on a chilly day.
  • This is enough to cut tire life unless you need a good grip on snow or ice in your area.
  • In the summer inspect tire pressure. They could be over inflated from last winter now that the temperature has gone up.
  • The oil pressure warning light on the dash is not infallible. When the light flashes, the engine has been without less oil then it should have, long enough to probably make some damage to it.
  • Warming up the car is important. Idling a car does not warm up all the car’s oils, steering fluid or even all the drive. Starting and driving a car first thing in the morning should be in a progressive and steady level, giving enough time for the car to heat and lubricate to reduce premature wear and tear.
  • Substitute tires when the tread is worn down 3 or 4 millimeters from the bottom of the tire groove. Worn tires or tires close to slicks are too thin to get rid of water to the sides, and aquaplaning will happen at higher speeds and loss of control of your vehicle could lead to great human physical damage.
  • Change the wheels around every 6 months to promote even tire wear and this will make them last longer and save you money.
  • This is the back left tire should go to the front left and the front left to the back left and same with the right tires.
  • If the car is trembling and vibrating, wheels may need aligning.
  • Inappropriate alignment causes excessive tire wear, excessive tear on components as well on the driving shaft and bearings and increases fuel consumption.
  • Wax your car at least twice a year. After a rain fall when you see your car just plain wet with no rain goblets gathered, then it’s time for another wax.
  • The paint will definitely last longer. A car exposed to pollution, salt, salty air pollutants, harsh sun, or just being parked outside needs wax care and treatment regularly.


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