Common Car Neglect By Owners

Common Car Maintenance Checks People Often Forget to Do

We all rely on our cars heavily. We need them to get us to work, take the kids to school, run errands, go on trips and more. So in order for our car to drive better and last longer, we need to maintain everything, including these commonly overlooked or forgotten car maintenance checks.

The Gas Cap

If a tank of gas doesn't last as long as it used to and you have checked all the likely culprits such as filters and fluids, perhaps the gas cap is the cause. Over time gas caps will loose their seals. This in turn causes gas loss and can even cause air to get into the fuel system. Luckily replacing the gas cap is an easy fix!

Filters

Speaking of filters, you car's fuel and air filters are working anytime that the vehicle's engine is running. Over time these filters can become dirty and clogged. A fuel filter can't do its job when it is clogged up with gunk and debris, therefore causing the car to get less mileage per gallon of gas and costing you more money. Experts recommend checking it once or twice a year or every 24,000 miles, though this can vary depending on make and model. A good rule of thumb is to check your owner's manual to see their recommendations. Depending on its location and your know-how, it's possible that you can change it yourself.

Your vehicle's air filter is just as important. If your car isn't getting enough clean air, it could cause the engine to run poorly and over heat - which we all know costs much more to fix than a new air filter. This is another filter that depending on location and know-how you could change yourself.

Less Common Fluids

We have all heard how important it is to check and change a car's oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid, but what about the other fluids? A dirty windshield is dangerous, so make a point to check the wiper fluid. You also need to check your power steering fluid. If it becomes harder to turn the wheel, or you hear a high pitched squealing when you do turn the wheel, most likely you need more fluid. Checking and adding more to both of these fluids are as simple as popping the hood, locating the correct reservoir, and checking the level or dipstick. Filling them up is just as easy - just make sure you use the fluid recommended for your vehicle.

Wiper Blades

Speaking of windshield wiper fluid, making sure your wiper blades are in good working order is extremely important, especially as bad wipers can cause poor visibility on rain and snow. If you notice the wipers grinding or squeaking, or if they look loose or don't do their job, you most likely need new ones. Windshield wipers are inexpensive and easy fix , and you don't want to wait until they fall apart to replace them.

Brake Pads

Though less commonly ignored, your car's brake pads are extremely important. If the brakes are not in good working order, you increase your chances of an accident. In addition, if you let them go too long, you can cause a lot of other problems. Always listen to your car when you apply the brakes. If you hear squealing, feel grinding, or notice that you have to push the pedal further down to stop, it's time for a change.

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