You don’t need to be an automotive genius to keep your car running for a long time. In fact, all you really need to do to ensure a lengthy lifespan for your vehicle is stay on top of routine maintenance.

Not every auto service job is a huge one, and simple routine maintenance tasks can go a long way towards keeping your car in prime shape on the road, even decades after it first rolled off the assembly line. Check out these five simple maintenance tips you can do to keep your car on the road for the longest time possible.

Replace Your Power Steering Fluid

One of the most neglected aspects of car maintenance is keeping clean power steering fluid in your vehicle at all times. Power steering fluid typically lasts a long time, but every 4-5 years, it can be a good idea to change it. 

Dirty power steering fluid can cause leaking power steering racks and damage to your power steering system, so keeping clean fluid running through your system is a wise decision.

Replace Your Transmission Fluid

While we’re on the subject of vital fluids, it's recommended that you change your transmission fluid ever 40,000-50,000 miles in order to keep your gears shifting smoothly.

Most modern automatic transmission vehicles provide easy access to the transmission fluid in case you wish to change it yourself, but for some vehicles it can be a tougher job, and you should schedule professional assistance. 

Either way, regularly replacing your vehicle's transmission fluid is significantly cheaper than having to rebuild or replace a transmission as a result of neglect, as that project could cost thousands of dollars.

Maintain Your Engine’s Air Filter

Another frequently forgotten maintenance task that’s easy to do is maintaining your engine’s air filter. Usually, air filters are hidden under a cover, making it easier to forget about them. However, if your air filter is dirty or clogged, your vehicle won’t be able to access enough clean air. This can cause problems with fuel efficiency, overheating, and eventual engine failure.

Be sure to check your engine’s air filter for cleanliness approximately every 6 months, especially if you live in a particularly dusty area. Cleaning your air filter can be as simple as vacuuming it out or shaking it to dislodge dirt and sand particles.

Check Your Tire Pressure

If your tires are low on air, you can experience problems with gas-mileage and frequent flats. It’s recommended that you invest in a decent tire gauge so that you can check your tire pressure about once a month. Doing so can prevent a lot more time consuming and expensive issues in the future.

The best time to check your tire pressure is when the weather is cool, but not below freezing (like on crisp fall mornings). This is when you’ll get the most accurate tire pressure reading.

Change Your Oil

This may seem obvious, but believe it or not, many people still go far too long without replacing their engine oil. Most mechanics agree that an oil change is one of the most important vehicle maintenance tasks to perform regularly. 

Dirty and old oil can cause heavy engine friction and increase the risk of overheating. This can cause serious engine issues over time, resulting in one of the most expensive jobs possible in the car repair community, an engine rebuild. 

Regular maintenance is an easy, inexpensive way to keep your vehicle running for decades. If you want to keep your car in top form, but don’t have the time or patience to perform maintenance yourself, the automotive service experts at Garnet Ford can help! Don’t hesitate to stop by or schedule a service appointment online today!
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