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September 12, 2013

Proper Maintenance of Your Vehicle

Owning a vehicle is a great luxury, but it is also quite a large responsibility. As a vehicle owner, you are responsible for ensuring proper maintenance of your vehicle is done at all times. This way, you can extend the life of your car and enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that it is safe to drive each and every time you get behind the wheel. Still, many vehicle owners are simply unaware of the necessary steps they need to take on a regular basis to keep their cars well taken care of. This article will outline some of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance that should be attended to.

Regular Oil Changes
One of the best things that you can do to prolong the life of your car’s engine is to ensure that you have oil changes done at regularly scheduled intervals. You can find the specific information regarding how often your car should receive an oil change in the owner’s manual, but most vehicles can go around 7,000 or more before needing an oil change these days. Furthermore, modern vehicles can even allow you to monitor your oil life through the convenience of your car dashboard.

Change Your Filters
Over time, the air, engine, and oil filters within your car collect debris and other particles. While this is their purpose, as collecting these particles keeps them out of your car’s engine or from infiltrating your vehicle cabin, it is possible that these filters can become very dirty over time. As this happens, they lose their effectiveness, and this can lead to dirt and debris reaching your engine or other parts of your vehicle. As a general rule, you should change your vehicle’s filters at least once every six months. This can vary depending on how often you drive, however.

Rotating Tires
You can prolong the life of your tires by making sure that they receive even wear and tear on all sides. To do this, you should have your tires rotated about every 7,500 miles. By doing this, you can avoid having to buy new tires for a longer period of time while still enjoying safe traction and quality steering while behind the wheel. You can find out when it is time to replace your tires by placing a penny upside down in one of the treads. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, then your treads are worn down to the point that it is time to replace your tires.

Where to Go
When it comes to keeping your car running its best for a long time to come, it is important that you have a quality dealership and service shop that you can rely on for all of your car maintenance needs. Fortunately, you do not need to look any further than PAACO for such services in addition to many others. Be sure to look for a location that is near you today.

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