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3 Maintenance Rules Every Vehicle Owner Should Know

No matter where you live or what terrain you drive through, keeping up with car maintenance is a must for every vehicle owner. Regular maintenance can help keep your vehicle running smoothly and prevent future breakdowns or costly repairs. Here are just three important maintenance rules every vehicle owner should understand.

1. Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Your car's tire pressure should be checked regularly, as it can have an impact on fuel efficiency and vehicle safety. Low tire pressure can quickly lead to a tire blowout, flat tires, and more fuel consumption. Fortunately, you can check your tire pretty easily using a gas station's air pump. Find the correct pressure for your vehicle in the owner's manual or on a sticker inside the driver's side door.

According to the popular car brand Kia, small-sized car tires are usually 30 psi, medium-sized car tires are typically 36 psi, and large car tires are around 42 psi. Use the meter on the air pump to check your tire pressure and fill up your tires when necessary. During colder months, or if you notice a slow leak, you should adjust your tire pressure accordingly.

2. Change Your Oil

Oil is essential for keeping your engine running smoothly and preventing wear and tear. According to Consumer Reports, the every 3,000 miles rule is somewhat outdated because of advancements in both engines and oil. Depending on your vehicle, you should change the oil every 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. However, be sure to follow the recommended timeline in your owner's manual. You'll need to change out the filter during a complete oil change as well.

You can also check the oil levels yourself between oil changes. If you notice the oil is looking dark and dirty, it may be time for an oil change. It's best to take your vehicle to a professional auto body shop for your oil change!

3. Check and Replace Fluids

The fluids in your car are essential for keeping your vehicle running smoothly. These fluids include the power steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid. You should check on these fluids regularly and replace them as needed.

It's best to consult your owner's manual for the proper type of fluid to use in each system. Over time, some fluids can break down and become contaminated, so it's vital to replace them. If you bring your car into an experienced auto body shop, they can help you determine which fluids need to be restocked!

These are just a few of the maintenance rules every car owner should know. Keeping up with regular maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent future breakdowns or repair costs. For professional assistance, call C&D Auto Body today!

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