Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes
Oil Change Timing
Oil changes every 3,000 miles used to be required jobs, just like cleaning the accumulated fuzz from record player needles or defrosting freezers. Today, advances in engine design and lubricants make oil changes something to be done when the schedule calls for it, not when granddad says it's time. Some cars call for 5,000-mile change intervals, some up to 15,000-mile stints. Others have a variable timer. Follow the schedule and use the oil called for by the manufacturer.
Tires wear out, but they also time out. The tire industry says tires are toast after five years, but they're selling tires. It all depends on heat, sunlight and ozone conditions. There's little argument from any pundits that after seven years those black donuts are dried and better off holding down a farmer's tarp than carrying your family around. If you're not sure how old your tires are, a tire shop can read the date code stamped into the sidewall.
Dirty Air Filter
Semi-clogged air filters hurt fuel economy for the same reason you don't like to run with a potato in your mouth. The question is, when is your filter dirty? Under a Norman Rockwell schedule of small-town errand running and church duty, an air filter might not see much grit. But grimy city surface streets or just looking at a dirt road on a map are often enough to overwhelm air filters. This one is about conditions. If you go near dirt, the air filter may need changing twice as often as the schedule calls for.
Ignoring Your Brakes
Note to the Wandering Unconscious: If you notice anything different about your brakes — sound, feel or response — they are telling you to visit a mechanic. Now.
Tighten Your Gas Cap
Is the Check Engine light on? Then make sure the gas cap is on tightly before calling the dealer. No joke, this is one of the most common ways of setting off your car's diagnostic system, since a loose gas cap defeats the fuel system's venting arrangement.
The Garage Is for Parking
Let's review. Your house is your most valuable investment. Your car is likely your second most valuable investment. If you're paying all that money, then why are you storing empty cardboard boxes, broken skateboards and plastic holiday wreaths in the garage? Pitch that junk and get the car in the garage!
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Listen up peoples,
All comments about keeping oil changes 3,000 miles and below are mis-guided! You people are the reason the author wrote this article! TIMES ARE CHANGING GRANDPAS! It's hilarious people are posting right to where the author says - you don't need to change at 3,000 miles anymore, then you come on and say, "YES WE DO! THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DONE!"
Modern engines are completely capable of 7,500 - 10,000, even 15,000 mile oil changes!
Get your ignorant heads out of the sand, I used oil for 3,000 miles and sent a sample of the oil to a professional oil analysis company to have it tested. Their tests concluded the lubricating, cooling, and all around performance of the oil was at 98% capacity and recommeded I move to 6,000 mile oil changes. That's real life examination and science! After the next sample they moved me up to 10,000 miles!
But by all means, keep oil companies afloat with your strict oil change policies, I'll enjoy the savings!
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Part of oil's job is to pick up debris and take it to the filter, as well as lubricating your engine. Oil also holds some of this debris (carbon and sludge) and this is why it gets dark. The MAXIMUM time ANY oil should stay in your engine weather it is synthetic or conventional is 5000 miles PERIOD. We still recommend the good old 3 months or 3000 miles. I have seen Audi 1.8 turbo engines that have had oil changed at 3000 miles their whole lives die before 70000 miles with sludge so bad you couldn't see the camshaft with the valve cover off. Keep drinking the car manufacturer KOOL-AID people. It keeps all of us in business. They tell you your maint. costs will be cheap because their engine only needs the oil changed every 7500 miles and they count on you trading it in before it blows up. LIES....ALL LIES!!!!!!