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How to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle: Expert Tips from LB Auto

At LB Auto, we understand that purchasing a vehicle is a significant investment, and we want to help you get the most out of it. Extending the lifespan of your car not only saves you money in the long run but also ensures a reliable and safe driving experience. Here are some practical tips and best practices for maintaining your vehicle and keeping it running smoothly for years to come.
 

Regular Maintenance is Key

Adhere to the Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule: One of the most crucial aspects of vehicle longevity is following the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer. This schedule includes essential services such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and more. Regular maintenance helps identify potential issues early and keeps your vehicle in optimal condition. Frequent Oil Changes: Engine oil lubricates, cools, and cleans your engine’s internal components. Over time, oil breaks down and becomes less effective, which can lead to increased engine wear and potential failure. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval, typically every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and stick to it religiously.
 

Keep Your Car Clean

Regular Washing and Waxing: Dirt, grime, and road salt can accumulate on your vehicle’s exterior, leading to paint damage and rust over time. Regular washing and waxing protect the paint and keep your car looking new. Pay special attention to the undercarriage, where salt and debris can cause the most harm. Interior Care: Maintaining a clean interior is just as important. Regularly vacuum and clean the upholstery, dashboard, and carpets to prevent wear and tear. Using protective sprays and treatments can help keep your interior materials in good condition.
 

Monitor Fluid Levels

Check and Refill Fluids: Your vehicle relies on several essential fluids, including engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Regularly check these fluid levels and top them off as needed. Low or dirty fluids can cause significant damage to your vehicle’s components. Brake Fluid: Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, which can lead to brake failure. It’s recommended to flush and replace your brake fluid every 20,000 to 30,000 miles or as specified in your owner’s manual.
 

Tire Care

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure: Under-inflated or over-inflated tires can lead to uneven wear, poor handling, and reduced fuel efficiency. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and before long trips, and inflate them to the recommended levels specified in your owner’s manual. Regular Tire Rotations: Rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles ensures even wear and extends their lifespan. It also improves handling and traction, providing a safer driving experience.
 

Driving Habits Matter

Drive Smoothly: Aggressive driving, such as rapid acceleration, hard braking, and high-speed driving, puts unnecessary stress on your vehicle’s components. Adopt smooth driving habits to reduce wear and tear and improve fuel efficiency. Avoid Overloading: Carrying excessive weight can strain your vehicle’s suspension, brakes, and drivetrain. Be mindful of your vehicle’s load capacity and avoid carrying unnecessary items in your trunk or cargo area.
 

Regular Inspections

Inspect Belts and Hoses: Belts and hoses are critical to your vehicle’s operation. Inspect them regularly for signs of wear, cracks, or leaks, and replace them as needed. Typically, these components should be checked during every oil change. Monitor Battery Health: A dead battery can leave you stranded, so it’s essential to keep it in good condition. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and ensure they are securely connected. If your battery is over three years old, consider having it tested and replaced if necessary.
 

Professional Maintenance

Annual Professional Inspections: While regular DIY maintenance is crucial, having your vehicle professionally inspected at least once a year can catch issues you might miss. Professional technicians have the tools and expertise to perform thorough checks and maintenance. Timely Repairs: If you notice any unusual sounds, smells, or performance issues, don’t delay in getting them checked out. Addressing problems early can prevent more significant and costly repairs down the road.
 

Visit LB Auto for Expert Maintenance

At LB Auto, we are dedicated to helping you keep your vehicle in top condition. Our experienced technicians provide comprehensive maintenance services to ensure your car runs smoothly and safely. Visit us at 1013 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087, or contact us at (615) 306-5180 to schedule a maintenance appointment. Keep your vehicle performing at its best with regular maintenance from LB Auto. Contact us today at leebo2798@yahoo.com to learn more about our services and how we can help you maintain your car for the long haul. Drive with confidence knowing your vehicle is in expert hands at LB Auto.

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