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Vehicle Care Tips

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If you want your vehicle to last a long time, the key to making it happen is maintenance. There is no such thing as too much maintenance. However, not enough maintenance can really shorten the life of your vehicle. Make your vehicle’s engine, transmission, and other parts last longer by following these tips:

Check Oil

One of the simplest things you can do to increase the life of your vehicle is to keep the proper amount of oil in the engine. Your oil and filter should be changed as instructed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Since oil disperses heat, some of it is burned off by the engine. Therefore, it needs to be replenished when the level drops. Make sure it is the correct weight oil for your engine.

Prevent Sludge

Sludge is a petroleum byproduct that builds up in the engine as a gooey, black substance. Changing your engine oil when instructed, or more frequently, will help reduce sludge buildup. This will automatically extend the life of your vehicle’s engine. Sludge can be caused by stop-and-go traffic, long trips when pulling a heavy load, or short trips that prevent the engine from reaching its proper operating temperature. Avoid sludge by following your owner’s manual for oil and filter changes or consider switching to synthetic oil, which is not petroleum-based.

Transmission Fluid

Having the right amount of transmission fluid is important because it cools the transmission, smooths shifts between gears, and lubricates moving parts. If your vehicle’s fluid turns dark or has a burnt smell, this could mean that it needs to be changed or the transmission is developing mechanical issues. Only use fluid recommended by the automaker to avoid transmission failure.

Brake Fluid

While checking your vehicle’s fluids, it is a good idea to check the brake fluid level as well, with your car parked on a level surface. The brake fluid level should be between the minimum and maximum marks on the fluid reservoir. Brake fluid absorbs water over time, which makes it less effective in providing stopping power. Replacing the brake fluid may not extend the life of the brake system, but it could save your life.

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