Four Parts of Your Vehicle That Should Be Maintained Regularly

Written by a Guest Blogger

Every vehicle owner knows that regular car maintenance is important but many still do not know why it is important. Whether you are a first time car owner, or you have been driving around the same car for several years, here are four items on your car that must be maintained regularly to ensure your vehicle is safe on the road and functioning at optimum levels.

Air Filter

If you put a dirty sock over your mouth and try to suck in clean air through it, then you can start to appreciate the importance of a clean air filter. Air filters can become clogged with dirt, which can lead to your engine stalling and leaving you stranded.

How Often?

The standard recommendation for checking and replacing the air filter is every 12,000 miles. However, many experts suggest that this is premature and that most cars can go much longer than this between filter replacements. If your car has engine problems or you frequently drive in dusty, rural areas, then you are looking at needing to replace your filter more often than every 12,000 miles.

Brake Pads

Many experts suggest that brake failure is one of the most common cause of mechanical failure accidents. However, the brake pads on your car are one of the easiest things to check and it is easy to see whether the brake pads have been worn down.

How Often?

It is best to have your brakes inspected at every tire rotation. When you hear a scratching sound or a screeching sound coming from your brakes, the pads may be worn down to the wear indicator and it is time to have your vehicle in for a brake inspection.

Oil

Although it is often easy to forget or to disregard the importance of regular oil changes, these are crucial for the proper functioning of your car. If the oil isn’t changed regularly, the dirty oil can damage the engine.

How Often?

The standard recommendation used to be to go no longer than 3,000 miles between oil changes. However, this is no longer the case. Depending on the type of vehicle you own, it may be recommended to wait 5,000 or even 10,000 miles between oil changes. To make sure of what the standard recommendation is for your vehicle, dust off your owner’s manual and use that as a guideline.

Tires

Having bad tires on your vehicle is one of the worst things you can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), underinflated tires increase the likelihood of an accident by three times. Wheels that are not aligned correctly can “pull” you off the road or into oncoming traffic, and bald tires make your car less effective or totally ineffective in inclement weather.

How Often?

Check tire pressure regularly and make sure that you are checking your tires at every tire rotation (or sooner) for proper tread. If you notice that your tires are pulling your car one way or the other, be sure to take it in so your tires can be checked and wheels aligned properly.

Car care in Durham is essential, but it is equally important to know what elements on your car are most important to pay attention to. Four of these elements include your tires, brake pads, oil, and air filter.

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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