Car maintenance and good driving are two of the most effective ways to extend the life of your car. Often the simplest tasks can keep your car running longer, and help you avoid costly repair bills in the future.
Brake Pad Replacement
Squealing brakes can be a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced which usually is a fairly inexpensive problem. But ignoring your brakes may cause a bigger, more expensive problem such as having to replace your brake rotors, which can cost four times as much as brake pads.
Regular Oil Changes
Getting frequent oil changes is the easiest way to protect your car from costly repairs. Without regular oil changes, debris and sludge build-up and can cause your engine to fail. In a worst-case scenario because of this, a repair can cost as much as $6,000 to replace. That's why most professionals recommend oil changes at least every 3,000 miles. Check your car's owners manual for complete info about its oil change recommendations and schedule.
Did you know that front tires generally wear faster than rear tires? That's why it's important to rotate them every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, or as recommended by your car's manufacturer. Tire rotation services are fairly inexpensive and can significantly increase the life of your tires.
A recommendation from someone you know often is one of the best ways to find a trustworthy mechanic. Keep in mind, however, that the recommendations you receive should merely be a starting point. It's likely you may have a different car than they do, so their suggestions may not completely fit your specific circumstances—but it could help.
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Published: June 2011