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The Importance of Maintaining Your Car

Regular oil and filter changes are a crucial part of protecting your vehicle from many issues down the road. Not only do these services protect the components within your engine, but they can also be cost-effective in avoiding expensive repair bills due to negligence.

Benefits of Regular Oil & Filter Changes

Oil plays a crucial role in keeping all components of the engine in working order, yet sometimes dirt and debris can get mixed in, creating sludge that can build up and clog the system over time. This can lead to decreased performance, misfires, and even more serious issues down the road if left unchecked.

By regularly replacing oil and filters you help keep your engine from becoming bogged down by dirt or other particles, minimizing chances of major malfunctions later on in its life span. Properly maintaining oil levels helps ensure tensions between components remain at bay since they all have a constant source of lubrication needed to function properly without worrying about excessive friction leading to seizures or other potentially catastrophic events.

What You Should Do

The optimal mileage for an oil change is typically between 3,000 and 5,000 miles however this may vary depending on the type of car and oil being used as well as environmental conditions like climate or terrain being driven on regularly with the vehicle. Checking manufacturer recommendations found in your owner’s manual is important for further clarity regarding when it is best to change out a car’s engine oils and air filters.

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Cars Get Cold Too

How To Check Your Antifreeze

It may not cross most people's minds, but checking your car's antifreeze protection level is an important part of regular maintenance. Anti-freeze helps protect your car from damage caused by cold weather, and keeping it at the proper level could save you from costly repairs down the road. In this article, we will show you how to check your car's antifreeze protection level and what to do if it needs to be adjusted.

What You Need

Before you begin, there are a few items you need for the job:

  • An anti-freeze tester: These are usually sold for just a few dollars at any auto parts store.

  • Paper towel or rag: This will help keep the anti-freeze off of surfaces like paint that could get damaged.

  • Ziplock bag: This will help keep dirt out of your anti-freeze tester while you’re not using it.

Step 1: Locate The Reservoir

The first step is to locate the reservoir where your car’s anti-freeze is stored. This is usually in the engine compartment, and it looks like a plastic container with a lid on top (as seen in Figure 1). There should also be a warning label telling you not to open the lid while the fluid is hot – so always make sure that your car has been sitting idle for at least two hours before proceeding! 

Step 2: Testing The Anti-Freeze

Now that you have located the reservoir, insert the end of your tester into the fluid (you may have to use a straw attached to the bottom of the tester). Then pump up and down until about half of the fluid has been drawn up into the glass chamber on top (Figure 2). Now look at how many “balls” are floating on top of the fluid; this number tells you how well protected your car is against extreme cold temperatures (see Table 1 below). Once done testing, pour any remaining liquid into its original container, then wipe off any residue with paper towel or rag. 

Step 3: Storing The Tester

After testing, take a ziplock bag and store your anti-freeze tester in it until its next use. This will help keep dust and dirt off of it when it’s not in use! And don't forget - always remember that antifreeze is poisonous so make sure none gets on any surfaces outside of its original container!   

Checking your car's antifreeze protection level doesn't have to be difficult or complicated; with these simple steps anyone can do it themselves! With regular testing every few months, you'll know exactly how well protected against extreme cold temperatures your vehicle really is - potentially saving yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs down the line!

8 Ways to Keep Your Car Looking Brand New

There's nothing like the look and feel of a new car's interior. That famous new-car smell, and the shine of new interior can make even the most affordable car feel luxurious, but how do you hold on to that clean, sleek look and feel after you've had your car for months or even years? We've got 8 tips for you on how to keep your car's interior in top shape. 

1. Keep a waterproof bag for trash in your passenger floorboard within easy reach, and remember to empty it out regularly. 

2. If you spend a lot of time in your car, you know how things can pile up.  Keep a small basket or bin in your car for those random things that end up hanging around in the car. That way you can just grab the whole bin and take it in the house to put where it belongs.

3.Use a paint brush, makeup brush, or toothbrush to get dust and grime out of nooks and crannies between your vents, stereo buttons, and any other small crevices. 

4. Keep glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth in your car to clean interior of windows, mirrors and any other glass services in your car regularly.

5. Sprinkle some baking soda onto your carpet and mats and let it sit while you clean the rest of the car, then vacuum. This will cut any odors that might be in the carpet or fabric. You can do the same for cloth seats, but be sure to sprinkle a minimal amount so that it all comes out with the vacuum, or you'll be wearing baking soda when get up from the seat.

6. Because cars are a small, enclosed space, its a good idea to use a natural hard surface cleaner, such as Mrs. Meyers or Seventh Generation rather than harsh chemicals that you'll be breathing every time you drive. 

7. To avoid toxic chemicals and high detailing costs, clean your seats and carpets for pennies with a homemade solution and a stiff plastic brush. Check out this recipe for a more natural upholstery cleaning solution. 

8. If your car didn't come with cup holder liners, use small plastic sauce containers in the bottom of your cup holders to catch spills and bits of trash. Then you can just wash them out in the house and keep your actual cup holders clean. 

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