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Take care of your automobile and it won't strand you. Howcast helps you keep your ride running smoothly with this video series on car maintenance.
You Will Need
- An owner’s manual
- A rag
- Replacement fluids
- A tire gauge
- Replacement tires
Service your car
Get your car serviced. Have all recommended factory services performed on schedule, according to your owner’s manual.
Use single grade fuel
Use the fuel grade recommended by the car's manufacturer to prevent deposits from building up in the fuel system.
Check fluid levels
Using the rag, check the fluid levels regularly, and replace as necessary. Fluids include oil, radiator water, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Change the engine oil every 3,000 miles.
Inspect hoses, belts, and air filter
Regularly inspect hoses and belts for signs of wear, and inspect the air filter for grit buildup.
Check the tire pressure with your tire gauge at least once a month to make sure it meets the tire manufacturer’s specifications.
Don’t drive with a lead foot. You’ll cause less wear and tear on parts.