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Long Term Auto Maintenance

This DIY Basic will provide tips on long term auto maintenance.

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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

high-performance air filter with gaskets
high-performance motor oil
high-performance lubricants
tire gauge
air filter
air source

Check the Tires

Long-term auto maintenance will give better fuel economy, increase life of engine and help prevent expensive repairs.

Properly inflated tires increase gas mileage and reduce wear. Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 percent. Check owner's manual for recommended air pressure.

Maintain Proper Fluid Levels

Owner's manual has details and instructions.

Upgrading to high performance motor oil can improve fuel economy by as much as 5 percent and dramatically reduce engine wear.

Radiator coolant reduces engine heat by reducing surface tension of radiator fluids; it also helps prevent formation of scale deposits in radiator and lubricates water pump seals.

Check the Air Filter

Replace air filter regularly. Clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent and can damage interior of engine.

Upgrading to high performance air filter can add an additional 2 to 3 horsepower.

Open plastic air filter casing, remove old filter, and hold it up to sun; if you can’t see light through it, install new filter.

Tip: Install new gaskets each time you replace filter.

Lastly, to keep doors operating smoothly, lubricate them regularly.

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