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How to take care of a car

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Knowing how to take care of a car is simply and essential

Sure you could simply drive in your car and never give it any maintenance, but you’d probably need to get another car in about a year. Unfortunately, vehicles aren’t objects that can be used and not taken care of. Because of the wear and tear you create, you need to give your automobile some TLC to keep it in tip-top shape.

If you’re wondering how to take care of a car, you’re in luck because it’s fairly simple. By giving your car some attention from time to time, you can keep it running and looking good.

How's your car's oil doing? 

One of the most important aspects of taking car of a care is changing its oil. Oil keeps your engine lubricated and running smoothly. Without it, your engine becomes damaged, causing your car to overheat, which is serious trouble. Prevent this costly and detrimental problem by changing your vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles. And make sure you use high-quality motor oil to keep your car running smoothly and to extend the life of your engine.

Pay attention to steering issues

Does your steering wheel have a mind of its own? If your wheel likes to veer off to the side while you’re driving, your car is probably in need of alignment. Vehicles typically need this type of work done every 12,000 miles. But if your car shows symptoms of this issue, have the alignment checked sooner. Another symptom of an unbalanced or unaligned car is feeling vibrations when you drive at high speeds.



The wheels on the car go round and round...hopefully!

Your vehicle’s tires are what keeps you going. When their tread starts to get thin, you risk slipping while driving and even a tire explosion – both of which can turn you and your car into a road hazard. Checking the tread on your tires every month helps keep you safe and your vehicle running smoothly. If you need to replace your tires, go with a high-quality brand. Additionally, rotate your tires about every 6,000 miles. Doing so keeps your tires balanced and your car running smooth.

Taking care of appearances

And of course your car needs to look good, too. After all the time and money you spend keeping it running, you deserve to drive around in a nice-looking ride. Washing and waxing your car once a week removes dirt, salt and other debris that can wreak havoc on your paint job. And keeping the inside looking spiffy is just as important as well. Floor mats take the brunt of damage caused by your shoes, which can prevent holes from forming in the flooring. And fashionable seat covers add style to your car’s interior, as well as keep your seats in good condition.

All those keys can hurt your car

Carrying around a large keychain? Ditch what you don’t need. Believe it or not, heavy keychains can actually cause damage to your ignition. And if your key sticks when inside the keyhole, it’s time to change the ignition switch.

Now that you know how to take care of a car, you can give the vehicle the support it needs. Your car will likely thank you with years of good performance.   

Resources:

Reader’s Digest: 74 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car

Family Car Parts: Car Care


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