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Maintaining the life and value of your car

We all rely on our vehicles, as they’re essential parts of our everyday lives. This is exactly the reason why it’s so important to do everything possible to maintain them to maximum enjoyment and functionality out of them as possible.

Keeping your car clean, changing the oil, and so on are likely to be necessities that any owner is aware of, but there is a variety of maintenance needs that you may not be familiar with of or may not take as seriously which can lead to problems down the road.

Here are some things that you can do to help increase the value and life of your car. Change More than Just your Oil.

A basic rule of thumb that roughly every car owner is familiar with is that they need to change their oil every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first.  There are far more fluid changes and additions than just oil, though.

It’s also a good idea to flush out your vehicle’s coolant system on an annual basis and top up the coolant.  Flushing out the system will help keep many deposits from building up that may affect the efficiency of the system and your vehicle as a whole.

Transmission fluid needs to be changed about every 30,000 miles for most vehicles, but you need to refer to your owner’s manual, as this can alter, depending on the particular make and model, as well as the driving conditions it encounters.

It’s not simply just different automotive fluids that your car requires to run well; it needs various parts as well.  Oil and Air filters need to be changed on a regular basis to ensure that their subsequent systems can keep build up, corrosion, and poor air and oil quality to a minimum.

Changing brake pads and spark plugs is also a very important.  Old spark plugs are likely to lead to engine trouble of some kind; the only question is when.  Having your brakes changed is essential and, luckily, it’s quite obvious when it’s time to make the change.

Every 6 months your tires need to be rotated, this is also the perfect opportunity to see how your brakes are holding up. Worn-out brake pads lead to a screeching sound whenever you press the brakes so you’ll most likely hear the problem before you see it.

So be aware that these problems will arise and need to be addressed quickly and professionally so don’t hesitate to call Brake Masters auto repair today for your next maintenance check up

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