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The Top 5 Maintenance Tasks Every Car Owner Should Know

Owning a car requires regular maintenance to ensure its performance, safety, and longevity. While numerous maintenance tasks are best left to professionals, every car owner should know these top five essential maintenance tasks.

Maintenance Activities

These are essential maintenance requirements for every vehicle. They are simple and can be done by car owners without visiting a mechanic.

1. Checking and Changing Oil

Regularly checking your vehicle's oil level is crucial for proper engine function. Refer to your car's manual for the recommended oil change interval and type of oil suitable for your engine. Regularly changing the oil ensures that harmful contaminants do not build up and damage vital engine components.

2. Tire Maintenance

Proper tire care is essential for optimal handling, fuel efficiency, and driving safety. Check tire pressure regularly using a gauge and maintain it at the manufacturer-recommended levels. Additionally, inspect tires for signs of damage or wear.

3. Battery Care

A healthy battery is necessary to start your vehicle reliably. Inspect battery terminals periodically, clean any corrosion buildup, and ensure tight connections. Consider replacing an old battery before it fails unexpectedly, especially if it is over three years old.

4. Brake Inspection

Maintaining a well-functioning brake system is critical for safe driving. Regularly check brake pads for wear; if they appear thin or worn down, replace them promptly. Additionally, listen out for any unusual noises when applying brakes—such as grinding or squealing—which may indicate underlying issues requiring professional attention.

5. Fluid Level Checks

Monitoring fluid levels regularly can prevent major mechanical problems. Check coolant, transmission fluid, oil, and power steering fluid levels according to manufacturer recommendations. If any fluids appear low, brownish/blackened, dirty, or have a burnt smell, it may be time to flush or replace them.

For all your auto maintenance needs, please call or visit the local auto repair experts at Pete's Inc.

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