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The Car Coach: Maintenance tips that can save you $1,200 a year, or more

Written By | May 2, 2021
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These 10 Basic maintenance items can keep you on the road and save up to $1200 per year in car repairs. You can do some repairs yourself but if you have no clue what you are doing and have tools. Find an ASE-certified mechanic or technician to do the work for you.

If you get into a project like changing brake or major engine repairs and get in too deep and need help, it could cost you more. For some the “Tool Police” should come before you get started to save you from a headache and a bigger bill.

Neglected car repairs can leave you on the side of the road.

Being proactive will save you money.  Almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value if you blow it off.

10 basic maintenance to get the most from your ride:

  • Fluid: Check all 9 fluids in your car: including the oil, filters and fluids, brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluids.
  • Filters: car’s filters, including those for the transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation, need regular inspection and replacement.
  • Hoses: Inspect hoses at each oil change and have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked or rusted.
  • Belts: Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition.

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  • Brakes: Check the engine brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected.
  • Battery: Check that the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Tires: Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts along the sidewalls.
  • Alignment: Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling.
  • Wipers: Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety.
  • Get Help: Find a trusted ASE certified mechanic.

Here’s the bottom line?

It’s common to get busy and put off car maintenance (we’ve all been there)—but preventing minor issues from becoming major car trouble is easier and less expensive than you think. In fact, proper car care can save you up to $1,200 a year in emergency repairs.

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Lauren Fix

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, analyst, author, and television host. A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, energy, industry, consumer news and safety issues.