Expert advice on car maintenance

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202404 how long do brakes last scaled jpg
How long brakes last depends on factors like how the car is driven and the condition of the rest of the braking system.
202403 how long do tires last scaled jpg
Although original-equipment tires can last for 50,000 miles or more, how long any tire lasts is dependent not only on the tire itself, but on how that car is maintained.
202402 how long do car batteries last 1 gif
As a general rule of thumb, many sources quote three to five years as an average, though some car batteries have been known to last 10 years.
202401 do you have to change transmission fluid scaled jpg
In the past, the factory-recommended interval for changing the automatic transmission fluid was typically between 30,000 and 100,000 miles, but some newer vehicles have what’s referred to as “lifetime fluid.”
202401 what you should know about water pumps scaled jpg
Your car’s water pump circulates coolant throughout the engine, where it soaks up heat, and into the radiator, where the coolant is cooled and then recirculated back to the engine to start the process over again.
202310 how to check air pressure scaled jpg
Proper tire pressure is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the road.
202309 how often should change air filter scaled jpg
A dirty air filter won’t allow your engine to “breathe” as freely as it should, reducing the performance of your car.
202309 change oil every 3 thousand miles scaled jpg
While changing your oil every 3,000 miles was standard practice many years ago, modern lubricants and advances in engine materials and tolerances have largely made that frequency unnecessary.
202308 when to check wheel alignment scaled jpg
Even though a wheel alignment isn’t a normal maintenance item, and there isn’t a set mileage or time interval for having it done, you should recognize the indications for when it might be needed for your vehicle.
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To keep your car in good shape, every two to three weeks is a good rule of thumb for how often you should drive your car.