Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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—5— ✔ Change the Oil This is arguably the most important basic maintenance item. In the past, it was common to have your vehicle's oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three months. However, advances in engines and oils have made this rule obsolete. Today, many new car manufacturers are recommending longer intervals of 7,500 miles or more between oil changes. Check your owner's manual for the recommended service interval for your vehicle. When you have your oil changed, keep an eye on the reminder sticker, and don't delay going in for service. ✔ Monitor Other Fluids Educate yourself about where to check each important fl uid for your specifi c car. You should be able to locate the oil dipstick, coolant reservoir, power steering reservoir and brake fl uid reservoir, and you should follow a regular schedule of checking these fl uids even if there are no signs of problems. ✔ Travel Prepared Keeping a crate of essentials is a great idea for any driver, but especially those driving older model cars. The crate should at least contain all the fl uids specifi c to your car, some paper towels, gloves, a funnel, fl ashlight, and jumper cables. ✔ Check Tires and Lights It's important to also check the air pressure in your tires at the same time you check your fl uids. You should also check the tire's tread. A run through on all the lights is critical too because a defective light or tire blowout on the road is a threat to everyone's safety. ✔ Be Battery Proactive Awareness of your battery's strength could mean avoiding getting stranded far from home or not even being able to leave home. You should have your battery charge level checked with every oil change. Ask for this service and be vigilant about it. This list is a great starting point for new drivers. However, it's important to recognize that there are many other responsibilities involved in car maintenance, and new drivers should educate themselves about their car's needs as diligently as they educated themselves about where the brake and gas pedals were!

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