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Car maintenance

Neglecting your car will almost always result in much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. Whereas, following a routine maintenance program makes financial sense, extending useful vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road. Here are ten basic car care tips to keep your vehicle at its best for the long haul. Read on to find out.


  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission oil as well as windshield washer solvent and coolant.
  2. Check the brake system twice a year and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  3. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  4. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
  5. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  6. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  7. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  9. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Ensure that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving in the rain.
  10. Check the tyres, including tyre air pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tyres should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Rotate your tyres every 6 months or 10,000 km, whichever is earlier.
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