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July 01, 2009

Regular Maintenance: Good For Your Car's Health

Regularmaintenance_h Today's family automobile is a sophisticated, computer-controlled machine that requires less care and is more dependable than its predecessors. But to keep your car running efficiently, regularly scheduled maintenance is key to reliable performance and can mean savings down the road. Without regular maintenance, you can shorten the life of your vehicle and void its warranty.

NAPA Auto Care Centers recommend a five-point preventive maintenance program to keep your car running smoothly:

Oil Change — Unless your driving is mostly highway miles, today's engines will run better and last longer with clean oil every 3,000 miles or three months, including a filter change.

Brakes — An unusual noise or a gentle tug on the steering wheel when stopping are warning signs that the brakes should be checked. 

Coolant System — Thoroughly flush coolant systems and replace with the appropriate antifreeze at least every two years to minimize metal deterioration and to keep the system flowing.


Battery — As part of your car's regular maintenance, ask your technician to make sure the battery cover is in place and the battery is firmly anchored.


Check-Engine Light — An illuminated check-engine light on your dashboard could mean something as simple as a loose gas cap or spark plug wire, but could also be a serious forewarning of a mechanical failure.

Continue to read about regular vehicle maintenance from RTM here.


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