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4 Occasional Fixes That Keep Your Car on the Road Longer

If you want to extend the life of your vehicle, then you will need to carry out some repairs and preventative maintenance tasks every few months. While most modern vehicles are going to run smoothly for decades, a catastrophic breakdown could happen at any time if you don’t take care of essential fixes.

Replace Old Spark Plugs

Most spark plugs need to be changed every 30,000 miles, but you should keep an eye out for any signs of premature wear. Your spark plugs might be failing if you notice issues such as rough idling, poor fuel economy, or sluggishness when you press down on the gas pedal. Luckily, spark plugs are relatively affordable, and this simple project should take you no more than an hour as long as you have all of the right tools.

Check and Rotate Tires

At least once every few weeks, you should carefully check all of your tires for any signs of damage or uneven wear. You also need to rotate and align your tires whenever the oil is changed. Most drivers should be able to rotate and change their tires on their own if they want to save some money, but you must work with an experienced mechanic if you plan on upgrading to larger tires. For larger tires, your mechanic will probably need to install additional hardware such as wheel spacers or larger shocks.

Swap out Squealing Brake Pads

Many drivers don’t realize that brake pads are designed to make unpleasant noises when they are worn down. If your car squeals or screeches whenever you press down on the brake pedal, then you probably need to replace the pads. When worn brake pads aren’t replaced, it can affect other components of your vehicle such as the suspension system and transmission.

Flush the Fluids

In the average vehicle, engine fluids need to be flushed and refilled once every two to three years. Some of those fluids are in completely sealed lines, but temperature changes can result in very slow leaks. You can also flush your fuel system if your fuel economy seems to be dropping. That maintenance task will remove all of the sediment that has collected in the gas tank and fuel lines so that the engine runs more efficiently.

While you might be able to carry out some of these projects on your own, you should still take your vehicle to a reputable auto shop at least a few times a year. During those appointments, an experienced mechanic can look over every inch of your car or truck and make sure that all of the primary components are working flawlessly.

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