Keep an eye on your tires and change them when they need it!
To pothole-proof your car this spring, it’s important to check your tire pressure regularly. If air pressure is low, it increases the chance of damaging or popping a tire on one of those pesky craters.
Also make sure to inspect your treads and sidewalls for any signs of wear. Is there uneven wear or cracking that might suggest you need new tires? While you’re at it, don’t forget to rotate them — rotating tires every 5,000 miles can add over 20,000 miles life to a set of tires. Other factors that may affect how often you need new tires include driving habits (highway vs city), personal safety (are you happy with the performance of your current tires?), and budget (can you afford new ones?). If you live in the area where winter roads are salted, or if you drive on gravel roads, those factors can also affect how quickly your tires need replacing.
Change your oil regularly and keep up with all of the recommended maintenance procedures.
- Regular oil changes are one of the most important things you can do for your car. For newer cars, the rule of thumb is to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. If you wait longer than that between oil changes, you risk damaging your engine. There are some exceptions to this rule depending on what kind of car you have and how old it is. It never hurts to check with your mechanic or in the owner’s manual so that you know what’s best for your car. Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles isn’t always necessary, but it’s also not a bad idea either.
- Synthetic motor oils are better at protecting your engine against wear and tear than conventional motor oils if you’re looking to make extra sure that your engine stays healthy and happy. Synthetic motor oils cost more money though, so if cost is a major consideration for you when getting an oil change then conventional may be the way to go for now.
- Don’t wait until your engine starts making noise before changing the oil! This can be incredibly costly since it usually means there’s something serious wrong with the engine and there may be no turning back.
- Check the level of your vehicle’s oil regularly by pulling out the dipstick (which should have a loop or handle on it). Your owner’s manual will show where it should be located under the hood (depending on whether or not yours is a front-wheel drive vehicle). Make sure not to overfill because too much lubricant is just as bad as too little lubrication!
- When changing out fluids like brake fluid or transmission fluid, always use distilled water instead of tap water because minerals in tap water can corrode and damage parts inside sensitive systems like brakes or transmissions
Watch for signs of trouble like strange noises, unusual smells, or other warning signs and pay attention to the recommended mileage for maintenance items.
It is important to follow recommended maintenance procedures, even if you feel like your car is running fine. If a problem does exist, and it is not caught in time, it can damage other parts of the vehicle.
Also, be sure to pay attention for signs of trouble that may require repair. This can be noises or unusual smells coming from the vehicle. If you notice any signs of trouble, we recommend bringing your car in right away so that we can inspect it before any further damage occurs.
Another thing to keep in mind is the recommended mileage for maintenance items on your vehicle. The manufacturer’s manual will have this information, and these are general recommendations only. Frequent driving conditions (such as city driving) may require more frequent service intervals than typical highway driving conditions would require.
Tune your car up regularly, replacing spark plugs, air filters, and other parts recommended at specific intervals.
- When you tune up your car, make sure to change the spark plugs and air filters at specific intervals. These are the two most important routine maintenance tasks that can be performed on any car. They come with a slew of benefits—from increased fuel efficiency to decreased emissions—and, if done as recommended, they won’t even cost all that much in the end. But, how often should you actually do them? The answer depends on a few factors.
- What kind of driving do you do? If you drive mostly city streets and have a long commute daily, then it’s probably best to replace the spark plugs every 25000 miles (around 1 year) or once every six months (once per year). On the other hand, if you’re not driving very far and have minimal to no driving outside city limits then it’s okay to skip every 2 years at most for both of these parts or just get them changed every 6 months or so.
- Do you drive in extreme weather conditions? If so, then it might make sense to replace parts more often than your normal variation. If so, always check with your mechanic first before doing anything because he’ll know what will suit your car best and whether there are easier ways for him to change things over time instead of replacing parts more frequently now that winter is approaching.
- Does your engine cycle too quickly? If so, there might be some things on board like a water pump that could require replacement more often. Check with your mechanic first before doing anything because he’ll know what will suit your car best and whether there are easier ways for him to change things over time instead of replacing parts more frequently now that summer is approaching
Replace parts that are dirty or worn, like your air filter.
- Changing your air filter is easy and affordable. The thing is, they can get pretty dirty—and the more dirt that’s in there, the harder your engine has to work to pull air into it.
- So how often should you change your air filter? Well, if your drive consists of solely highways and major roads (and you don’t have any pets or kids) then you probably only need to change it every 10,000 miles.
- But if you drive on dirt roads a lot, that number might drop to 5,000 miles. And if you have asthma or allergies and/or pets or kids driving with you on a regular basis, then I’d recommend changing it even more frequently.
Use high-quality gasoline.
The best advice I can give you in this area is that the higher quality the fuel, the better for your engine. Most cars require regular octane (87), but if you have a high-performance vehicle or drive a lot of short distances, consider using mid-grade gas (89) or premium gas (91+).
If your car takes diesel, fill up with diesel. Same goes if it’s electric or hybrid powered. No point making more work for yourself than necessary!
Keep a clean car as it can be dangerous if you have trash flying around, especially if you are in an accident or get into one suddenly and have to hit the breaks hard.
Keep a clean car as it can be dangerous if you have trash flying around, especially if you are in an accident or get into one suddenly and have to hit the breaks hard. Other drivers will also appreciate that you keep your car clean as they won’t want to see a dirty car with trash flying around next to them on the road.
Keep a full gas tank during the winter so your fuel line doesn’t freeze.
In the winter, you should keep your tank at least half full. This will prevent your fuel line from freezing. It also keeps the engine warm and ready to go in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to check the level of your oil regularly, and change it every 3-5K miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. You should also check your air filter at least once a year. If it looks dirty, have it replaced by a professional.
Keep up with state inspections to ensure that your vehicle meets safety regulations in your state.
Need a quick and easy way to get your car inspected? There are many ways that you can get an inspection done. If your state requires inspections, you should keep up with them to avoid any inconvenience. Some states may require you to get a vehicle inspection at the DMV, while other states allow for certified mechanics to conduct the inspection instead. Either way, make sure that your vehicle meets the specific requirements of your state so that it can pass inspection and be deemed safe for the road.
When getting an inspection done on your car, there are several different areas of interest that will be looked at during the process:
- The structure of your car (including its frame)
- Suspension system (stability and control)
- Steering system
- Braking system
- Lighting/reflective devices/signaling devices
The frequency in which inspections need to be done vary by state. In some places they only have to be completed once every two years, while in others they need to occur annually or biannually depending on where you live.
Check with both the manufacturer’s manual and the dealer to see which has better recommendations for maintenance and don’t just do what is easier to do yourself – it might not be what is best for your car!
Many car dealers advise you to follow their maintenance schedule to keep your warranty valid, but it might not be what is best for your car! Check with both the manufacturer’s manual and the dealer to see which has better recommendations for maintenance and don’t just do what is easier to do yourself – it might not be what is best for your car!
If you have a new car, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you’re looking at buying one of our certified pre-owned vehicles here at Miracle Motors, we recommend checking with us first before starting any kind of regular maintenance.
Car maintenance can seem daunting but there are ways to keep your car running its best without breaking the bank. It’s important that you know how
Many people spend a lot of money on their cars and this is great as long as you also take care of your car. There are some maintenance tasks that your mechanic will do for you but there are other basic maintenance tasks that you can do yourself. The best way to keep your car running well is by having it serviced regularly. You want to make sure it gets necessary oil changes and parts such as batteries and brake pads are inspected or replaced when needed. You also want to make sure all the lights, like headlights, tail lights, etc., work because they’re important safety features. If any bulbs aren’t working then have them replaced right away so they don’t cause an issue with state inspections or if you ever get pulled over by the police.
It’s important to keep up with state inspections because they will determine if everything on your vehicle is safe and in good working order. Your car may not pass inspection if there’s something wrong with it, even if it seems minor at the time! Don’t ignore warning signs such as loud noises coming from under the hood or check engine lights coming on because these things could result in damage or unsafe conditions for you when driving! It’s better to be proactive than wait until something happens later down the road that might cost more money or require major repairs instead of just fixing small issues now