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Jun 9, 2013 4:28AM
Don't follow the oil company's oil change interval, follow your car's manufacturer's oil change interval. The oil companies want to sell you oil and the 1980's 3000 mile change interval is obsolete. Motor oil ingredients have improved over the past 30 years and car engine designs have improved as well. There's a difference - check your owners manual or call your car manufacturer 's customer service dept.
Jun 7, 2013 4:18AM
I need all those things done, I will be busy getting things done soon. It takes some cash to keep up an old car. I have a 93 Toyota Camry, and I love it...
Jun 6, 2013 10:32PM
Oh hell, I live in Arizona.... 111 today, ya' think I do not know the drill? Dumb a$$...
Jun 2, 2014 4:32AM
After years of doing so, I am able to maintain and service my own cars, but there are a lot of people who know little to nothing about car maintenance or repairs, so this is a good article that shows basic care that will make a car last longer. Everyone drives, but not everyone growing up was taught these things.
Jun 2, 2014 9:10AM
This article was OK for something published by MSN. I usually rip on them for their lack of actual news, but I will give them partial credit for this one. A couple of things I would add as there are far too many people that don't have a clue. Don't mix pink and yellow anti-freeze as they are not compatible, and people should use what their vehicle recommends. Also, checking battery connections for corrosion is a good thing to do. If battery wires are corroded the battery terminal and wire should be sanded or filed until all metal surfaces are shiny. I would also apply a battery protective coating over the terminals and connecting wires. That stuff can be purchased cheaply at any auto parts store. Tires should be checked cold preferably during the coolest part of the day (typically morning). Tires should be inflated according to the sticker on the driver's door or on the driver's side B post (part drivers door latch is on).
I also bet a majority of people don't check basic things fluids, hoses, belts, and tires before an extended trip even though it only takes a few minutes to do. I believe a majority of people would not even know how to do those checks. Performing simple regular checks of a vehicle increases safety and minimizes the risk of an avoidable repair. I even keep track of fuel economy for every tank of fuel I use, and I can catch a certain problems earlier than most by monitoring the way my vehicle consumes fuel. If something is way outside of normal, I would look into how the engine is running. I will go even further that most people do not even know to safely jump start a vehicle or change a tire by themselves. Sad!
Jun 2, 2014 3:45AM
Wow. Such solid advice for those that know absolutely NOTHING about cars. Unfortuantely, I know the majority of people don't bother and then they wonder why thier car has issues. This is super simple stuff.
Jul 17, 2014 8:09AM
The radiator doesn't rad, the carburator doesn't carb, and the pistons don't work either.
Jul 14, 2014 5:52AM
The folks in the photo about this article already have one strike against them-a PT Cruiser. I can see this car as a single-person's car but not as a family car.
Jun 7, 2013 2:52AM
Many drivers don't even change the oil in their ride ! In hot states with tons of grid lock driving maybe the 3-year lease is the way to go, break it in for the next owner, so to speak !
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