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10 Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer on Guam | Delta Tire & Lube Guam

10 Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer on Guam | Delta Tire & Lube Guam

Getting from point A to point B by car costs a certain amount of dough, and thanks to recent record-high gas prices it takes more of your hard-earned money than ever before. But while you can’t always control ownership costs such as fuel, repairs and insurance rates, one thing you do have power over is making your car last longer and maintaining its value. Here you have a choice: Either spend money on a new car every few years or keep your current car running great and looking sharp. If you decide to go the latter route, follow these 10 tips to help keep your ride rolling.

Breathe Easier
Even the most mechanically challenged drivers know to change a car’s oil and oil filter on a regular basis — even if they don’t always do it. But other fluids and filters also need regular maintenance. For example, changing your air filter helps your car breathe easier and the engine last longer. “If your air filter is clogged, your engine is not performing properly,” notes Jack Nerad, editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “It also hurts your fuel economy, and it can harm the engine over the long term.”

Keep It Cool
Maintaining your car’s cooling system and the proper coolant level is as important as making sure the engine is well lubed and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs. “A cooling system failure can result in your engine literally melting down,” warns Nerad. “Because of lack of proper coolant and maintenance of hoses, you can have major problems.”

Pressure Check
Tires are often the most neglected part of a car, Nerad adds. “Most people don’t pay much attention to keeping their tires at the right inflation pressure,” he says. “And it’s not only bad for the car, the tires and fuel economy, but it’s also a safety issue. The simple step of keeping the tires up to proper pressure is valuable all the way around,” he adds, “and it essentially costs almost nothing.”

Fully En-Gauged
If there is a problem with your oil pressure, cooling system or even tire pressure on the latest vehicles, your car’s gauges will tell you — if you’re paying attention to them. “The vast majority of people don’t,” remarks Nerad. “That’s why manufacturers went to ‘idiot lights’ to give a clear indication of when there’s a problem.”

Get Regular Checkups
Find a repair shop and mechanic you trust. “And let that shop service your car all the time,” says Dave Jones, owner of Jones Automotive in Green County, Pennsylvania, and co-host of the Web site AskAutoPro.com. “When you get sick you don’t go to a different doctor every time. Your doctor knows you from top to bottom, inside and out.” A good mechanic will get to know your car and look over it the same way, Jones adds.

Look Closely
Jones also suggests spending time inspecting your car. “Every now and then, take five minutes and walk around the car and look at it,” he said. Check to see if the tires are wearing unevenly. Open the hood and check out the hoses. Make sure all the lights are working. “It only takes a couple of minutes to check things like that,” he adds.Get on

Schedule
While your owner’s manual will have a maintenance schedule, another advantage of using the same mechanics on a regular basis is they will be able to make sure you stick to the schedule — and take care of things the manual may not include. “If you go to different places each time you have your car serviced, they won’t know the last time you had something done,” says Aaron Clements, owner of C&C Automotive in Augusta, Georgia, and a 31-year auto-repair veteran. “So you may end up paying for unnecessary repairs. Most shops have electronic records so they know when each service was done. The scheduled maintenance charts in owner’s manuals tell only part of the story,” he adds. “So it’s also a benefit to have a relationship with a service advisor who knows your vehicle and when to perform service in addition to what’s in the owner’s manual.”

Drive Smarter
The way you drive has an effect on how long your car — and your gas — will last. “You not only save wear and tear by having good driving habits, but also fuel,” claims Clements. “Taking off fast and coming to a stop quickly can be bad on a car and affect the engine, the brakes and other things.”

Keep It Clean
Nerad also stresses taking care of the exterior of your car by regularly washing and waxing it. And don’t forget about the interior. “That’s an often overlooked area,” he says. “Spend time keeping it clean and clean-smelling without perfuming it, and vacuum the carpet on a regular basis. Get spills out immediately because if you don’t they’re more difficult to remove.”

Keep it Covered
Nerad also suggests storing your car in a garage or under a carport or cover. “Keep your car out of the sun,” he says. “And keep it away from bird droppings and tree sap. Also be careful where you park to avoid dings,” he adds.

Keeping your car maintained will not only make it last longer but also will make it much more pleasant to drive — which will make you want to take better care of it. “If you have a vehicle that looks good and you enjoy getting in it and driving, you’re much more prone to take care of it,” observes Clements.” And since it won’t last forever, taking care of your car will also increase the resale value. “It’s very clear on our site that condition is crucial,” says Nerad. “In real estate they say it’s all about location, location, location, but with car values it’s all about condition, condition, condition.”

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    Mark Harris
    November 13, 2017, 10:21 am REPLY

    Thanks, for writing down so many useful tips regarding how to maintain your car to extended life span. and the best part of it is always visit the same mechanic will help you get better care for your car. A regular technician knows your car better than you which will save you both time and cash .he conducts preventive maintenance and even suggests you certain DIY methods in order to avoid unusual breakdown.

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    Victoria Saxon
    January 25, 2018, 12:42 pm REPLY

    The main function of the Coolant System is to carry heat away from the engine and maintain a cool temperature in vehicle. This is achieved by rotating antifreeze/coolant through the engine, where heat is generated, and carrying it to the radiator to be cooled. Check your <a href="http://dellsservicecenter.com/">antifreeze coolant level</a>within regular period of time, do not remove radiator pressure cap when the engine is in hot condition.Tire are also very important part of vehicle for best performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth inside it. Checking your tires on a regular period of time is an important step for your safety.

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    Colin Riley
    March 19, 2018, 12:25 pm REPLY

    Car is most expensive and to make your car long lasting you should regularly check your car. It is better that you should go for an auto repair shop and there the professional mechanic should check tire part, whether wheel should be properly aligned or not, then check the engine part. In your blog you really give the best tips to make your car long lasting. If you want to make best repair service then you can refer this: http://foreignautomotive.ca/service/

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    Carla Houston
    April 30, 2018, 11:02 am REPLY

    Thanks for posting this useful bog which describes about some wonderful tips to extend the life span of our car. We should regularly check our car by a known mechanic. By this we can save both our time & money. He will able to diagnose the problems in the car better than others. We must check the tires whether they are properly inflated or not. Tire tread depth must be measured at regular intervals. We have to maintain the coolant level properly. If you want to make regular check up of your Mercedes & repair it’s damaged parts at a reputed servicing center then you may refer to:
    http://www.germanmotorandautocare.com/services/mercedes-repair-safety-harbor/.

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    Cara Lee
    May 30, 2018, 7:45 am REPLY

    It is the responsibility of every car owner to do regular maintenance of his car to make it last longer. Maintaining the car’s cooling system and coolant level is very important as failure in cooling system can make the engine to melt. Tires must be properly aerated as tire pressure affects the fuel economy of the vehicle. The car must be taken for regular check ups to a certified auto repair shop. If you are looking for such an auto repair shop to perform regular servicing of your car, you may visit:
    https://european-auto-service.com/auto-service-repair/.

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