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Whenever you buy a new or used car, you should receive a comprehensive manual that outlines maintenance schedules for you to follow. Although the modern engine is durable, routine maintenance details should not be ignored. Properly maintaining your car is the best way to prevent your car from breaking down. Simple services such as oil changes, brake inspections, and belt checks can make a huge difference in preserving the life of your car.

Oil Change

It’s critical that you change your oil roughly every 3,000 miles. By doing so, you’ll prevent sludge and grime from building up and you’ll ensure that your engine is properly lubricated. This alone will almost guarantee that your engine will not seize. When deciding on an auto shop, choose one that performs safety checks in addition to changes your oil. Although it may cost more, it’ll save you time and money in the long run since they’ll check your tires, brakes, lights, and fluids.

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Tire Rotations

In addition to oil changes, it’s crucial that you get your tires rotated every 7,000 miles. Regular tire rotations can help your tires last longer and help prevent tire treads from wearing down irregularly. You can check the treads of your tires by placing a penny into the tread mark. Acceptable tread depth should only come up to the top of Lincoln’s head. Also, make sure to check for any bulges, holes, or uneven wear.

Check Fluids and Replace Wiper Blades

Be sure to check your fluid levels every 3,000 miles. This includes your antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and oil. Also, make sure that your windshield fluid tank is full. Having clean windows plays a major role in preventing accidents. With that being said, you should also replace your windshield wiper blades at least twice a year. Because winter grime can get onto your car and cause wiper blades to wear quickly, replacing them twice a year is critical to your safety.

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Check All Lights

In order to further ensure your safety, check that your headlights, parking lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights are all working. Make sure that they’re working by asking someone to check for you or by turning on your lights and walking around your car. If you find a blown bulb, be sure to change it out as soon as you can. By doing so, you can help prevent others from rear ending you.

Proper vehicle maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult. Performing simple checks and following maintenance schedules can make a big difference in not only the life of your car but your safety as well.