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What Are The Most Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

Last updated 3 years ago

You paid a lot of money for your car. You want it to serve you, reliably, for a long time. You do not mind putting time and energy into maintaining it. You just don’t want to mess anything up. By making a point to follow the maintenance schedule in your vehicle owner’s manual and remembering the critical maintenance steps discussed below, you can avoid many common maintenance mistakes and costly automotive repairs.

Change Oil at the Right Time

With recommended oil change schedules deviating from the once universal “every three months or 3,000 miles” recommendation, it is more important than ever for drivers to know their engine’s oil maintenance needs and to schedule oil changes accordingly. Consult your owner’s manual, set an alert on your calendar, and schedule an oil change whenever that alert goes off to keep your engine running clean.

Change Out Fuel and Air Filters

So much emphasis is placed on changing a car’s engine oil that it is easy to forget other simple, inexpensive routine maintenance tasks such as filter changes. Failure to change your fuel and air filters as recommended can cause damage and lead to costly repairs.

Keep Up with Tire Maintenance

Since tires require little maintenance relative to their heavy use, drivers often forget about our neglect tire maintenance until a tire goes flat. When you are so often in a hurry before leaving home, the time at which you most often think to check the pressure of your tires, it is natural to go months without checking. To protect your tires, and in turn your vehicle’s suspension and wheel alignment, check your tire pressure at least once a month and add air when needed.

Monitor Other Automotive Fluid Levels

Brake fluid, transmission fluid, and engine coolant levels also need to be topped up or their containers flushed out from time to time. To promote the smoothest, most efficient, and most comfortable ride possible, make maintaining all automotive fluid levels in your vehicle a priority.

With locations in Dunwoody and elsewhere throughout Georgia, Dekalb Tire is a full-service tire dealer and automotive repair center. If your car needs an oil change, new tires, a wheel alignment, or brake repair service, call us at (404) 252-9895. Together, we can help you get the most life from your car.


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