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When my car died for the fifth time this year, I knew that I needed to do something to improve things. I decided to start looking around for little upgrades that I could do on my own, and I ended up completely replacing the oil and changing out the air filter. The difference was astounding. My car seemed to have more power, and so I decided to keep going with my little tune-ups. This blog is all about improving your car one thing at a time and knowing what to do if you encounter car problems when you are on the road.

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2 Preventative Maintenance Tasks Your Auto Repair Shop Can Help You With

Your car is a machine that has a lot of moving parts that need to work the right way. Just one of those moving parts not functioning correctly will throw the rest of the system off and could cause a lot of damage to your car. For example, if the pistons in your engine don't get enough oil, it can cause a lot of friction and heat in the cylinders. That can end up warping the engine block or cause your engine to throw a rod. Either of those things are expensive repairs, and you can end up without a car for several days while it's being repaired. Making sure that everything continues to work the way that it should means that you should get preventative maintenance done to your car. What are some of the preventative maintenance tasks that your auto repair shop should do for you?

Oil Change

You should routinely get your oil change. The recommendation used to be that you get your oil changed around every three months or 3000 miles, but with new synthetics on the market, and better cars, that time period has changed. It can vary depending on what make and model your car is and what kind of oil you put in your car. Make sure that you ask the people doing your oil change how often you should get it changed. You can also talk to them and ask them about the different oils and their properties, so you can make the best decision for your car. 

Tire Maintenance

Your tires need to be taken care of as well. That's because your tires are going to affect almost every part of your car. If your tire isn't inflated to the right PSI, then you are going to have issues with traction, steering, and gas consumption. If your tires aren't balanced and aligned, then they are going to wear differently. Tires that are worn unevenly will also mess with your steering, making you work harder to keep your car going straight and where you want it to go. If you live in a place where you use snow tires, you can have them balanced and aligned when you change your snow tires over to summer tires. Otherwise, check with your local repair shop to find out how often you should have this process done. 

You spent a lot of money on your car. You want to make sure that it keeps running for as long as possible. Taking your car to an auto repair shop regularly will help you with that.