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Car Care Tips

How much do you really know about your car? Here are some surprising facts...

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Regular vehicle maintenance reduces break downs and prolongs the life of your car...

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Why is Maintenance Important?

Regular vehicle maintenance reduces break downs and prolongs the life of your car. The owner's manual of your vehicle will tell what needs to be checked and when, and it is a good idea to make reading it a habit. If you don't want to check your vehicle yourself, then plan on taking it to your service professional and have them check everything - once a month is ideal for optimum coverage: tires, oil, other fluid levels and so forth.

The fluids in your car's motor keep the engine running smoothly and keep the car from over heating. The levels of all the fluids in your vehicle should be checked periodically according to your vehicle's manual. Check the oil to see if needs a top up - older cars may burn oil and checking the levels when you fill up with gas is a good idea. NEVER overfill the crank case with oil. This will damage your engine, so only top up your oil if the dipstick shows you need to.



The 4 Most Important Maintenance Items on Your Vehicle

Modern cars don’t require as much attention as they did 50 years ago, but don’t let that give you a false sense of security – there are still several things you need to keep after. We’ve all been told that keeping up with our vehicle’s maintenance is important. If you look in your vehicle’s manual, you see there are enough service reminders and maintenance points to make your head spin.  Fortunately, there are a few main areas that will, if you remember to keep up with, keep your car operating safely and reliably for years to come.


It has been said that oil is the life blood of your car’s engine.  This isn’t really accurate because, unless you are really sick, you don’t need to change out your blood. Oil is what keeps your engine’s parts rotating smoothly and working properly.  Over time, exhaust gasses from the cylinders and even small bits of metal will contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness.  Heat from the engine also breaks down the oil.  Just like any other fluid, heat will reduce the viscosity (thickness) of the oil.  If the oil becomes too thin, it won’t lubricate the engine as well as it should, and parts wear out faster.

Air Filter

Breathe in through your mouth. Breathe out.  Now, take off one of your shoes and a sock.  Now, place your sock over your mouth. Now, breathe in.  You didn’t get as much air as the first time and you now feel a little gross right?  Well, the same thing happens to your engine when your air filter gets clogged with dirt and dust.  A clogged air filter can reduce your gas mileage, your horsepower, and even cause your engine to run rough and stall out.The frequency of which you will need to change your air filter will vary widely based on two factors.  How many kilometers you drive each year and the atmospheric conditions during those kilometers.

Brake Pads

Obviously brakes are important, but important does not mean complex.  Many people take a hands-off approach to brakes and take the word of any mechanic or dealership flunky as gospel.  The only rule for how long brake pads will last is this: There are no rules.  How often you need to change your brake pads varies based on your driving style, the type of driving you do, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake pads, and the condition of your brake rotors. Obviously, if you drive aggressively (tailgate others, hard brake at stoplights, etc.) you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. If you drive in a hilly area or in constant stop and go traffic, you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. Getting the picture?



The last item on our list is the lowest point on your car. The life expectancy of tires, just like everything else on the list, varies.  Personally, I’ve owned several sets of Falken Azenis tires that lasted for less than a year.  They were good tires, great actually, but they were built for track days and performance driving and that’s how I used them. I’ve also owned tires that never seem to wear out.  The BFGoodrich All Terrain tires on my Jeep have around 20,000 miles on them and they still look brand new.  Most normal passenger car tires are rated for between 40,000 and 50,000 miles, but the reality of that is hard to judge.  Tires go flat, cars get sold, other problems contribute to premature wear, and heck, after 3 or 4 years you’ll probably forget when you actually bought them anyway.