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5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money
Written by AB Drives


5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money


Today’s vehicles are much more complicated than the cars of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s; incorporating more computer electronics, silicon chips, and sophisticated engines.

Nevertheless, the best part about motor vehicle maintenance is that the same basic car care tips still apply to all kinds of vehicles.

Have you ever been stranded in traffic due to car breakdown? Has a mechanic taken advantage of you on repairs?

You don’t have to worry! This basic car care does not require any sophisticated understanding of vehicles or their systems.

The Following these 5 vehicle maintenance tips will save you money on repairs and avoid vehicle breakdowns.


5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money


#1. Regular Visual Checks:

Basic car care is often simply a matter of opening your bonnet and taking a look at the engine of your vehicle. Although, some basic vehicle maintenance checks starts with examining the exterior:

First, check your tires to make sure it appears equally and properly inflated. This may further include an actual check with a tire pressure gauge, if you have one.

Other visual checks that require no vehicle mechanics knowledge may include the following:

  • Body and bumper damage;
  • Leaking fluids underneath the vehicle;
  • Including oil, brake and transmission fluid;
  • Excessive smoke in vehicle exhaust – aside from normal diesel emissions or startup fumes; and
  • Engine or fluid warning lights – which should be promptly addressed before any further driving.


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#2. Under the Hood Advertisements:

This may seem intimidating of course, but much of the day-to-day maintenance for your vehicle must occur with the hood/bonnet opened and up.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to be a mechanic.

The most important things to monitor and check regularly include the following:

  • The Engine sound;
  • Engine oil level and cleanliness;
  • Coolant level – including Radiator water level;
  • Brake and power steering/transmission fluid levels; and
  • Air-Conditioning and Alternator Belts.

Caution! Never attempt to remove radiator cap while engine is hot or warm.


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Other things to be watchful for in and around the engine include:

  • Loosed electrical or tube connections;
  • Worn or exposed wire;
  • Loosed or warped belts – which should be promptly replaced;
  • Vehicle battery level – be aware of its getting the proper charge (from alternator) to easily start your car.


#3. Oil Changing:

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your vehicle is to change the oil, and the oil filter regularly.

Your oil should be relatively clean, but still have a dark color once it runs through your engine.

Some mechanics recommend changing the oil every 2,000 – 3,000 miles but this depend on the make or type of the vehicle you’re using.

Also, it is a good idea to have some motor oil within your vehicle – so you will be able to add some if needed.

Remember: You should regularly check your oil level and maintain it between the minimum and maximum fill lines.

There are a variety of types of motor oil you can choose from, you can connect to your local service station for more details about this.


Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Help You Save Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips That Will Save You Money


#4. Components Replacements:

Other important components and parts of your vehicle that need regular maintenance and frequent replacement include the following:

  • The air filters;
  • The headlights;
  • The turn signals, and brake lamps;
  • The spark plugs and cables;
  • Engine timing belt;
  • Windshield wipers,
  • Horn, etc.


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#5. Get The Big Idea:

The biggest thing to remember with the ongoing vehicle maintenance process is to address issues promptly, including engine knocking or other noises.

Do your best to understand what may be going wrong on the vehicle before you visit your service station or your auto-mechanic.

A truck driver for instance should have basic knowledge of how a truck operates. Understanding this basic vehicle maintenance will save you money among other things.

A few steps by steps approach and addressing issues promptly can greatly extend the life of your vehicle, making it safer and more dependable for you and your family.


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AB Drives

AB Derives is an automobile motoring and mobility service company that believes in the responsible use of the roadways.

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