Car repairs are expensive. However, as Benjamin Franklin once said, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Take care of your car from the beginning, and it'll run for a long time. Here are some tips.
- Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. Somewhere in the mass of paperwork and booklets you received when you bought your car is a maintenance schedule. It will tell you when to change your oil and when to replace other parts.
- Check your fluids and tire pressure. Once a month or so take a minute to open up the hood and check your fluids, including oil, power steering fluid, etc. With the exception of the oil, you can see how much fluid you have with just a look at their respective reservoirs.
- When you hear a noise, check it out. Hear a squealing sound when you press the brakes? There might be dusst on the brake pads or you might need new ones. Either way, get it checked out right away to prevent costly repairs later.
- Watch your driving. Sudden stops and starts can take a toll on your engine and cause the components to wear out sooner than expected. Go easy on the gas and brake pedals and you'll keep your engine humming and may even improve your fuel economy as well.
- Take care of your car. A thorough cleaning, followed by wax, does more that make your car shine like new. It protects the paint by eliminating the dirt and grime that accumalates when you drive. Don't forget to vacuum the inside of your car as well.