Whether you’re using your car to ride around the city or want to take it on a road trip, it’s always a good idea to make sure your car is well maintained. Properly maintaining your car is one way you can ensure that you prevent problems down the line. And while some drivers think that they’re doing everything right with their car maintenance, there are some things that are often overlooked.
1. Replacing the Air Filter
Most vehicles have two types of air filters — one for the engine and one for the cabin. The engine’s air filter is designed to trap dirt and debris and prevent them from entering the engine. The cabin’s air filter is designed to filter the air you breathe inside the cabin. Both are important for your vehicle and should be cleaned every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
2. Wheel Alignment
Car owners should always make sure that their tires are positioned properly. Properly aligned tires make it easier to drive, prolong the life of your tires, make the brakes more effective, and improve overall safety. Check your car’s owner’s manual for a more precise maintenance schedule for your vehicle, but most car manufacturers suggest having your tires checked and aligned every 20,000 to 30,000 miles.
3. Power Steering
Just about every car on the road uses hydraulic power steering to make the steering wheel easier to turn. The hydraulic system has a pump that lubricates the steering mechanism with power-steering fluid. If the steering fluid begins to change color, bubble, or leak, it’s a sign that your car needs to be checked by a professional MD mechanic. If you don’t have your car checked, it can lead to steering problems that will threaten your safety.
4. Transmission Fluid
While most drivers know they need to periodically change their vehicle’s oil, plenty of drivers are unaware that your transmission fluid needs to be changed periodically too. Car manufacturers suggest changing transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. That’s because transmission fluid breaks down over time, decreasing the lubrication of the internal transmission parts. When there’s less lubrication, it causes heat and friction that can damage your car’s transmission.
5. Air Conditioning
When it’s the middle of the winter, your car’s air conditioning may be the last thing on your mind. However, failing to maintain your car’s air conditioning unit can lead to damage to internal components and potentially a complete breakdown. Air conditioning inspections are relatively cheap, about $80 to $100. That’s a lot less expensive than having to repair your air conditioning unit, which can exceed $1000.
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