How to Make Your Car Last Longer

Knowing how to make your car last longer is mostly common sense. The benefits, however, are easy to see. Not only does a well-maintained vehicle hold its value longer, it also cost less to operate and has less of an impact on the environment.

Learn How To Make Your Car Last Longer

  • Change is good. Not only does an oil change help your engine run smoothly, it gives you a chance to inspect other parts of your car at regular intervals. Although your owner's manual can give you the exact timing, most cars should have their oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles.
  • Cleansing breaths. Ironically, one of the easiest car maintenance items is also the most over looked: changing your air filter. A dirty air filter makes your engine work harder, robbing it of power and fuel efficiency. Find your air filter and learn how to inspect and change it-it's a cheap and simple way to make your car last longer.
  • Level headed. Make it a habit to check your fluid levels on a regular basis. Whatever interval you choose, checking the oil, coolant, power steering and transmission fluid levels is a great way to stay on top of your car's needs. Checking your car's fluids can also give you an early warning to head off later expensive repair problems.
  • Air head. Regularly checking the air pressure in your tires is another simple way to take care of your car. Improper tire pressure can reduce fuel efficiency and can create unsafe driving conditions. This simple check can be performed every time you fill up your car, and making it a habit will save you money-and could save your life.
  • Out of the sun. Keeping your car in a garage or under a carport will help protect the exterior (and interior) from the damaging effects of sun and heat. Also, try not to park your car under trees to avoid sap and bird droppings.
  • Take it easy. Don't be in a rush when you start your car. Giving your vehicle a chance to warm up before starting out allows the oil to be distributed throughout your engine. A minute or two each time you head out could add years to the life of your car.
  • Clean and happy. Regularly washing your car will help to protect it from the effects of tar, insects and road salt. Don't neglect the interior either-be sure to clean up spills right away to avoid stains.
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