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Recommended Car Care Tips

Car Maintenance and Care

Older cars require more maintenance, such as replacing the spark plugs, distributors points, inspecting or replacing the cap and rotor and possibly replacing the fuel and air filters. Also adjustments in point gap, timing and idle mixture and dwell. With today's newer cars, the distributors are mostly no longer used. The onboard computer handles fuel mixture, timing, and idle speed controls. The following is a list of other general recommendations:

  • Inspect the engine for any leaks.
  • Do not put off oil changes. 3,000 miles for regular and 5,000 for synthetic oil.
  • Change antifreeze, brake, and transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • Replace the air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
  • Replace the fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Tire Maintenance and Care

  • Rotate tires every 5,000 miles.
  • When tires are cold, or at least 3 hours after driving, check tire pressure.
  • Have wheels aligned as needed.
  • Check the spare tire pressure monthly.
  • Replace tires when treads are worn down less than 1/16 of an inch.

Gas Mileage Tips

  • Correct tire pressure can improve fuel economy.
  • Properly aligned wheels have less drag and friction.
  • Changing the air filter will keep the engine running efficiently.
  • Tighten the gas cap to prevent the fuel from evaporating.

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