This original article was first published here: 7 Tips for Car Maintenance and Repair
Car maintenance can be a real pain in the neck. Rotating the tires and changing the oil every 5,000 miles is a drag. However, if you make slight fixes here and there, you can keep costly repairs at bay.
A small effort can go a long way. Knowledge of the basic guidelines and access to GM EPC will allow you to resolve and prevent issues. Here are seven tips that will help you save money.
1. Checking the Spare Tire
Make sure your backup is inflated. The last thing you want to find out is that it is flat while you are taking the jack out of the trunk. Towing can cost hundreds of dollars, while the average price for an air pump is under $30. Check air pressure of both driving tires and the spare once a month.
2. Changing the Oil
Issues caused by bad oil are some of the costliest to fix. Have it changed for as little as $25 to give yourself peace of mind. Otherwise, if your engine wears out, it will cost much more to replace.
3. Cleaning the Battery
The terminals of your battery are susceptible to corrosion. Unless you clean them, you may have to deal with cracks or malfunction. Get a wire brush for $5 to clean the terminals regularly, and test your battery twice a year.
4. Replacing the Brake Pads
When the brakes make a squeaking sound, it means the pads are on their last legs. Replacing the entire set may set you back over $300. Every time you change the oil, check your brake fluid, too. If it is dark, it is time for a change.
5. Replacing the Air Filter
The filter prevents pollutants from entering through the vents. If it is old, not only do the particles get into the car, the entire air conditioning system could break down. It may cost up to $4,000 to replace, so change your filter every year or every 12,000 miles.
6. Changing Windshield Wipers
A new pair of wipers cost up to $50. This may seem expensive, but it is nothing in comparison with the cost of a new windshield (up to $500). Wipers are crucial when you are out on the open road. If you cannot see it, you mustn’t drive. As dirt builds up on your windshield, it can even cause the glass to crack. Check your wipers at the end of each season and replace them when necessary.
7. Rotating the Tires
Tires at the front and back wear down at various rates depending on the vehicle, speed, and road surface. Rotating them every 3,000 to 5,000 miles will extend their lifespan and help you save up to $800.
The Bottom Line
These are crucial tips for anyone who wants to save on car maintenance. Simple checks and replacements can help you save thousands of dollars in the long run. Keep major issues at bay by using your common sense.
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