Car Care Tips

CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER

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 Many car problems are due to faulty air filters attached to them and the wear caused by them. You should get your filters changed every 12 months or after 12000 miles, whichever comes fast. Don't ignore this maintenance as it will lead to problems in your AC and you are breathing unhealthy air in your car. 

INSPECT FLUIDS & TIRE PRESSURE

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 This is something, which you shouldn't ignore or delay at any cost. They are the main components of your car and also have a habit of wearing and running out too quickly. You should always pay extra attention to your tires and fluids. The task to check it takes about 10 minutes only. 

CHECK YOUR BATTERY

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We all have had our car batteries run out when we need it the most. We all faced the situation where we are left stranded on the road in the middle of the nights with just the lights of our cell phones. It isn't a pretty situation, is it?

To avoid this never ignore your low battery sign and always get it checked regularly. Check for leakage or any mineral build up around it. 

CHANGE YOUR SPARK PLUGS

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 If you notice that your engine is not working efficiently, then the reason probably is the spark plugs. If not checked if they wear out easily and will be covered in a buildup. Check and get them replaced if needed. They usually last for 30,000 miles; see the owner's manual for an accurate idea as it is specifically written for your car and gives better details. 

GET YOUR TIRES ROTATED & BALANCED

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 This is the easiest trick in the book to prevent wearing of tires and make them last longer, and the trick is to get them rotated once in a while. All tires do not wear at the same amount. So by rotating the front and rear tires, you balance the wear and make them more durable.

Ensure that the tires of your car are always perfectly aligned as non-aligned tires can make you lose control of your car and cause accidents.

CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELDS & REPLACE WIPERS

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 The dirty windshield can prove to be a lot of hassle if they are not cleaned regularly and can cause accidents too. It is very important for the driver to get the perfect and clear view of the road for safe driving. If you don't clean them the dirt and the dirt gets accumulated there and can cause the quality of the glass to deteriorate. 

INSPECT & REPLACE SERPENTINE BELTS

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 Thoroughly inspect your serpentine belts and check for wears. If these belts fail, they can cause damage to the other accessories to make the bill of your repair too high. It is recommended to get it checked every 60,000 miles but you should the owner's manual to get the best guide for your car. 

ENSURE THE WORKING OF THE COOLING SYSTEM

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 The hoses, which carry the engine coolant can damage very quickly as they transport high-pressure fluids, which can break if the pressure is too high. Also, the heater hoses face the same problem as they carry hot coolant to the passenger compartment.

The best way for efficient working create a perfect balance between them and get it checked regularly.

CHECK YOUR BRAKES

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 Movies have a scene of brakes failing to cause the car crashing into places. While we might not read much into this scene, don't make this your reality as it is a very tricky and risky situation to be in. If your brake system is efficient, then your car will be very youthful and last longer. 

EXTERIOR ENGINE CLEANING

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 We have learned the importance of maintaining your engine internally; it is as important to do it for the exterior too. Some minor debris in the wrong place can do a lot of damage if not checked. You don't need to dismantle your entire car to do so, just keep an eye on the engine and get it checked. 

PROTECT YOUR HEADLIGHTS

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 Always keep an eye on your headlights as they are your best friends while driving at night. It can be an extremely dangerous and risky situation if you drive without your headlight on at night. Replace, repair it before they fuse it for your safety and others around you. 

PROTECT THE INTERIOR OF YOUR CAR

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 We spend a lot of time in our cars now and having a worn out interior is just not comfortable anymore. You will always find smudges on the windows and scratches on the dashboard.

The best way to maintain the interior is to do a quick clean whenever you get out of your car. Keep a cleaning spray, and an extra rag of cloth handy and your car will always be clean and brand new.

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13398 West Star Drive, Shelby Township, Michigan 48315, United States

West Star Drive is located on the west side of Schoenherr just north of 23 Mile. Office: (586) 731-9400 Nick: (586) 651-2913

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