Getting More Miles Out of Your Car:
The following are some tips that will help you to get more miles out of your vehicle.
First, consider, does your vehicle actually have the ability to run many miles without incurring costly repairs? Find out by visiting a public library to consult the frequency-of-repair information in the April magazine issue of Consumer Reports. If your vehicle has a poor repair history, consider buying a vehicle that has better ratings and fuel efficiency.
If you want to extend the life of your vehicle, at the beginning of each month, have the engine
level checked to make certain that it is at the full-level mark on the dipstick. Buying two quarts of
that are on sale and keeping it in the trunk, will enable you to avoid getting stuck paying three times what the
should cost. Be certain to only use the type of
and other fluids as specified in the vehicle owner's manual.
Tire Pressure and Fluids:
Every three months (more often, however, if specified by your vehicle owner's manual) and prior to leaving for and upon returning from a trip, check (or have a service station attendant check) the tire pressure and the other fluids that include:
* Transmission fluid
* Brake fluid
* Power steering fluid
* Radiator coolant (check the clear plastic bottle)
* Windshield washer fluid
Why is it important to keep the fluids at their full-level marks? The fluids lubricate moving parts to reduce fiction, heat, and wear. Therefore, they are the single most important factor for extending the life of a vehicle.
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