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Tips for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently
By: Luke Shaff ~ 5/16/2024

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Car maintenance is crucial for ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently, but there are several lesser-known maintenance tips that can make a big difference in the longevity and performance of your car. Here are some often overlooked aspects of car maintenance:

Cleaning the Engine Bay: While most people focus on the exterior and interior of the car, cleaning the engine bay is also important. A clean engine bay can prevent the build-up of debris and dirt, which can reduce heat buildup and make it easier to spot leaks and other issues.

Lubricating Door Hinges and Locks: This simple task can prevent squeaking doors and stiff locks. Using a suitable lubricant like WD-40 or a silicone spray can keep these parts moving smoothly and prevent rust and wear.

Checking Wheel Alignment Regularly: Improper wheel alignment can cause uneven tire wear and affect the handling of the car. Wheel alignment can get knocked out of specification by hitting potholes or curbs. Regular checks and adjustments can improve driving safety and reduce tire replacement costs.

Replacing Cabin Air Filters: Many people are unaware of the cabin air filter, which purifies the air entering your car through the heating and air conditioning system. It should be replaced regularly to ensure effective air flow and to keep the car’s interior free from dust and allergens.

Inspecting and Replacing Drive Belts: Drive belts are crucial for the functioning of the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, and water pump. Worn belts can lead to these components malfunctioning. Checking and replacing them before they break can save you from a more costly repair down the line.

Checking Tire Pressure Monthly: Tires lose air over time, and driving on improperly inflated tires can increase tire wear and decrease fuel efficiency. It’s important to check tire pressure regularly, not just when it seems like a tire is low.

Testing the Battery: Car batteries can fail without warning, especially in extreme temperatures. Regular testing of the battery and cleaning of terminals can prevent sudden breakdowns. Battery life can also be extended by ensuring it's securely mounted and minimizing exposure to high temperatures.

Changing Differential and Transmission Fluids: These fluids are often ignored until a major problem occurs. Regular changes can prevent wear and costly repairs in your car’s transmission and differential.

Understanding these less obvious aspects of car maintenance can help keep your vehicle in top condition and potentially save you money in the long run. Incorporating these practices into your regular maintenance routine can ensure your car remains reliable and performs well.


10mm Socket
By: Luke Shaff ~ 5/9/2024

This says it all!

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