Keep Your Vehicle Out of the Shop With Regular Maintenance

It should come as no surprise that maintenance has a direct influence on the reliability of a vehicle. Here are five maintenance items that help to keep cars out of the repair shop.

Oil Change

According to most automotive experts, an oil change is the most critical maintenance procedure. After enduring thousands of miles of abuse, motor oil gradually loses its ability to lubricate the internal parts of the engine. A fresh oil change allows the engine to run smoother and work much more efficiently. If the oil is changed on a regular basis, some engines are capable of lasting for more than 250,000 miles.

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Air Filter

An air filter is a simple component that can have a major impact on a vehicle’s performance. The filter’s sole purpose is to purify the air before it enters the engine. Weak acceleration is a tell-tale sign that the engine’s air filter needs to be replaced. Not only are most air filters very affordable, but they are also relatively easy to install.

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Brake Pads

No car is safe without a properly functioning brake system. Although some brake pads last longer than others, they will all need to be replaced at some point. Most modern brake systems are designed with a wear indicator. When the brake pads become almost worn out, the indicators will begin to make a distinctive screeching noise.

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Alternator Belt

If the alternator belt suddenly snaps, the car will not be able to be driven. Luckily, periodic inspection of the alternator belt will prevent any problems. Belts that look old and deteriorated should be replaced as soon as possible. Visit a local car care specialist for more information.

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Tire Care

Most tires are designed to last for at least 50,000 miles. However, tires must receive the proper care in order to reach their true life expectancy. It is essential that each tire remains inflated to the recommended pressure. To ensure that the tires wear evenly, they need to be rotated at the oil change interval. A wheel alignment is also an important maintenance procedure that needs to be done at least once a year.

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Written by Lewis Shaw

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