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11 Ways Routine Car Maintenance Can Save You Cash

If you only get your car looked at when it starts to make noise, then you might be in for a costly bill. Here are 11 things you should be getting checked and replaced when needed.

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1. Windshield Wipers

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Replace your windshield wipers at least twice a year--after the cold winter and again after summer.

2. Oil Change

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Make sure you read your owners manual. Most manufacturers suggest you change your oil every 7,500-10,000 miles. The main advocates of changing your oil every 3,000 miles are those who profit from it.

3. Alignment

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If you drive on bad roads get your alignment checked more frequently or when you notice your car pulling to one side, feels unstable or your steering wheel isn't centered.

4. Fluids

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The 5 fluids you should be checking.

# Transmission Fluid: Check every month.

# Coolant: Check twice a year and keep an eye on it in-between.

# Brake Fluid: Check when you change your oil.

# Power Steering Fluid: Check once a month.

# Windshield Washer Fluid: Fill when low or before long trips.

5. Belts

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Most mechanics suggest you change your belts every 35,000-50,000 miles. Check your owners manual for your specific vehicle.

6. Tire Rotation And Balancing

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Rotate your tires every 5,000-7,500 miles and balance your tires at the same time.

7. Transmission Flush

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You should get your transmission flushed every 30,000 miles or every two years.

8. Spark Plugs

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Depending on what type of spark plugs you have, you will have to replace them at 30,000 or 100,000 miles.

9. Air Filter

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If you drive in harsh conditions where there is a lot of dust and mud, you should change your air filter every 15,000 miles. However, for most drivers, every 30,000 miles is best.

10. Brakes

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Your breaks should be replaced every 25,000-70,000 miles depending on your driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness and material.

11. Check Your Battery

You should test your battery every 3-5 years. Most batteries only last 5-7 years. Don't wait until it's to late!
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You should test your battery every 3-5 years. Most batteries only last 5-7 years. Don't wait until it's to late!

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