Avoid These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

Author // NPR Car Talk
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Much like we treat our bodies, we too often take for granted everything our cars do for us, assuming that owning a car is as simple as driving one. However, a car is a complex machine with many parts that must all work properly in order to safely transport you from place to place. Like people, cars age, and parts wear down beneath the surface, requiring regular maintenance to ensure a long and healthy life.

6 Most Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

  1. Neglecting windshield wipers: Depending on where you live, your windshield wipers may experience more or less abuse throughout the seasons. Either way, windshield wipers do wear down over time. If you notice that your wipers are leaving a streak behind as they drag across the glass, it is time to replace them. It’s better to replace them at the first sign of wear in order to avoid the perilous consequences of an obscured windshield.
  2. Skipping oil changes: Oil technology has improved tremendously over the last few decades, thus making the 3,000-mile oil change unnecessary in most vehicles. Rather, oil life monitors will automatically alert you when it is time for an oil change. Ignoring this message from your car, however, will cause the oil to break down and fail to lubricate and cool the engine, leading to engine failure.
  3. Failing to check belts and hoses: Car break downs can be avoided by routinely assessing vehicle belts and hoses, and replacing them when needed.
  4. Neglecting tires: Your tires may look properly inflated, but looks can be deceiving. Even new tires can become under-inflated simply by hitting a pothole or bumping a curb. In addition to the possibility of getting a flat tire, low tire pressure also decreases your car’s gas mileage. Driving on low pressure tires will also wear them out faster, causing you to spend extraneous expenses on new tires. Do not ignore your TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system light. When this light is activated, it is indicating that your tire needs air, and you should pull over immediately.
  5. Using regular glass cleaner on your rear windshield: Ammonia, found in home glass cleaners, will destroy the heating elements in your windshield.
  6. DIY maintenance: Unless you are an experienced mechanic, do not try to fix these problems on your own. A skilled mechanic will be sure to get everything in safe working order.

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