Now as a towing company, you might think we want you to break down. When your cars stop working, we finally make a little money, right?
Wrong! Nothing could be farther from the truth. Emergencies in vehicles are no laughing matter, and they can be very dangerous for everyone involved. We’d much rather you keep your car running so you stay safe from point A to point B.
You can help give your car the best chance to keep running smoothly by practicing preventative maintenance. This means you replace parts before they actually break and keep your car from running for longer. To help maintain your car, we’ve put together a checklist for you to follow.
Change the Fuel Filter
Unless your car is over 20 years old, your car is fuel-injected. In a fuel-injected car, the fuel filter is almost always running when your car is running, and it serves to keep impurities from clogging your injectors. It’s a thankless job that works the fuel filter hard, so it needs to be replaced every two years, or 24,000 miles.
Check & Replace the Battery
We’ve discussed batteries before (what to do when they don’t work), but the idea of this article is to prevent them from completely breaking in the first place. Batteries are the blood of your car, giving energy and juice to all the vital components.
Even if you clean the battery and your car keeps it charged, your battery will eventually fail. Typically, batteries need to be placed every three or five years. You can invest in a more costly battery with better technology that will keep your battery running longer, but make sure you always get a battery that matches your manufacturer’s specifications.
Change Your Air Filter
Cars depend on air just as much as humans do; the air is mixed with the fuel to generate combustion which is what drives your car. Just like the aforementioned fuel filter, the air filter is in place to keep the air going into your engine clean and pure. While replacing the air filter does sometimes include associated parts, such as the airflow sensor and PCV valve, it’s more often than not a simple job of just fixing the air filter itself. The air filter is routinely checked during most oil changes, so your mechanic should keep you updated on its health. It should be replaced at least once every year, or 12,000 miles.
Stay tuned for our next article were we’ll discuss more of the regular maintenance your car needs. We’re going to take a look at spark plugs, fluids and a few other things you need to know about to keep your car off the side of the road.
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