5 Crucial car maintenance tips every car owner must know

(CN) – Drivers should take extra care when changing a tire, changing the oil, getting a new transmission or changing a battery. A simple check that ensures the “health check” taken at the time of purchase can go a long way toward preventing costly problems.

  1. Do not drive around with a flat tire

The most obvious way to avoid a flat tire is to put one on the car. You don’t have to stop if you don’t want to. You can just pass by it without doing anything, even if the other driver passes you with their flimsy rubber boot over their foot and says, “Here go those tires,” with a bitter, gloating smile.

The other way to avoid a flat tire is to make sure you can get to your destination without flat tires. That often requires getting to the nearest service station, where you can get a flat tire fixed.

  1. You need to change your oil regularly

Changing an oil filter is one of the basic steps in a car maintenance program, along with making sure the transmission stays in working order. Doing this can save hundreds of dollars in the long run, not to mention preventing a number of subsequent problems. If something isn’t working, replace it.

  1. Be sure your transmission is tuned

A transmission in good condition is a very fuel-efficient transmission. Your transmission is used constantly in every driving situation, from braking and backing up to starting and stopping. The faster your car is being driven, the more expensive and time-consuming it becomes to tune it.

  1. Be sure your battery is charged and ready

A fully charged battery can help you go much farther, both with day-to-day driving and in helping you fix an electrical problem.

  1. Get the crucial fluids checked on a regular basis

The most obvious one is the transmission fluid, but there are many others. Doing your regular check at the point when you purchase the car – the moment before you sign the lease – can save you a lot of trouble. This way, you’ll know when the problem is serious and get a quick fix.

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