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Car Maintenance

Performing simple vehicle maintenance can not only help prolong the life of your car. There are a number of other benefits such as saftey and savings on costly repairs. In some instances proper vehicle maintance might help you save money on gas.

Vehicle Parts 4 You has compiled a number of tips to help you keep your automobile running smooth. Please read each of the following carefully to get started.

Oil Change Recommendations

No matter what vehicle you drive routine oil changes are critical to the life of your car, truck or minivan. By following proper oil maintenance you will help to extend the life of your car and help to possibility avoid costly repairs that come from vehicle neglect.

Even if you don’t drive your car much your engine oil could still become contaminated by moisture that has accumulated.

Over time, contaminants can build up in your oil as it runs through your engine. If you neglect your engine oil too long, the neglected oil will eventually turn the contaminants into sludge. The build up of this sludge can cause engine failure.

How often you should change your oil will vary. The best place to find your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended drain interval is the vehicle owner’s manual.

Wiper Blades

The wiper blades on your car are important to the safety of you and the occupants of your car. To ensure that your driving visibility isn’t compromised it is important that you replace your wiper blades every six months to a year. In some cases you may need to replace your wiper blades sooner. If you experience any of the following you should replace your wiper blades.

Change Your Blades Today If You Experience Any of The Following:

  • Windshield squeaking.
  • Streaking water
  • Skipping across windshield
  • Splitting streaks
  • Your wiper blades do not clear the glass after each swipe

Wiper blades can deteriorate due to a number of factors, which include sun, car waxes and rubber-deteriorating oil, moisture (acid rain and salt water), and airborne debris such as mud and dust. To help avoid common problems and extend the life of your wiper blades follow these simple instructions.

  1. Clean your windshield whenever you fill your gas tank
  2. Carefully clean the rubber squeegee on your windshield wipers using a damp paper towel.
  3. Check your reservoir fluids to ensure that your windshield washer fluids are full.

Tires Maintenance

To get the maximum mileage from your tires you will need to properly maintain them. There are a number of things you can do to help increase the life of your tires. Tire rotation, alignment, tire care products, balance, alignment and of course tire pressure.

Checking your tire pressure is simple, easy and will have an impact on the life of your tire and your gas mileage. Your tires can loose up to 1psi every month. To ensure that your tires are at the proper PSI you will need to do the following.

  • Purchase a good pressure gauge that will give you an accurate psi measure.
  • Open the drivers side door and find out what the recommended tire pressure is. The recommended psi is usually listed on the door jam.
  • Check your tires when they are cold by inserting the pressure gauge into the valve stem. The gauge will pop out and display a number.
  • Compare the number from your tire gauge to the number on the door jam or owner’s manual. Adjust the air pressure of your tire accordingly.

Battery Life

Most people don’t know why they have a car battery; they just know that they need one. A car battery is not used when your car is running; it is designed to provide power when starting your car. Pretty important component, wouldn’t you say?

To ensure that your battery is able to start your car you should inspect it for corrosion or loose connections. Either of these can weaken the charge. Your connections should be tight and free of grease, dirt or corrosion.

If your battery or battery terminals are suffering from corrosion there are tools and cleaning kits that can be purchased to remedy the problem.

Vehicle Maintance Reference Chart

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