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10 Basic Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability

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Something as basic as checking the oil can go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road. Touch AutoCar Care recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best:

Oil should be checked at every fill-up, and for maximum engine life, it should be changed per the owner's manual recommended intervals or every three months or 5,000 KM. Brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluids should also be checked regularly. Your car's filters, including those for the transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation, need regular inspection and replacement.
and have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen or restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition, and have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Typically replace the timing belt between 60,000 and 80,000 KM or the interval specified in the owner's manual to avoid a breakdown or serious engine damage.
every year and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
tight and corrosion-free. The battery should be securely mounted. If it is two years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary.
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.
that will help the engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting.
, including shock absorbers and struts, and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
including the spare, at least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car's alignment checked at least every 10,000 KM to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling.
and have bulbs that are not working checked immediately. Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety.
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