Remember the days of your mechanic telling you to change your oil every 3,000 miles to keep up on vehicle maintenance? Those days are long over! Today’s vehicles are running for much longer between oil changes. With synthetic oil going into more cars it’s common to not have to change your oil more than 1 time every 10,000 miles, which is over 3x LONGER than ever before.

Oil is just the basics, but here are some easy vehicle maintenance and driving tips from the Protect My Car team to keep your vehicle running well and out of the repair shop.

Tires

Paying for a new set of tires doesn’t have to cost you as much as your rent. You can buy them online for wholesale prices from websites like TireRack.com, which ships directly to your house so you can choose where to bring them to get them mounted and balanced. Then getting your tires rotated every 7,500 – 10,000 miles and driving your vehicle right will allow your new set of tires to last up to 50,000 miles.

Brakes

Drive too fast and too furious, and the brakes will go quickly. When they do go, which they will, they’ll screech as you pull up to every stop light or sign. Solve that problem by investing in some new brake pads every now and then. In many cases that’s all you’ll need, if you do rather than replacing the whole outfit which could be a $600 repair job.

Read Your Owner’s Manual

You may not find it to be the most interesting book to read but you’ll find the vehicle maintenance schedule. Not only will you find the vehicle maintenance schedule, but you will find useful tips for troubleshooting problems, like leaky coolant. You will know when to bring the vehicle to the dealer for each preventative vehicle maintenance routine. This is key to keep your vehicle maintenance up to date to save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in preventable repairs. If you follow the book, you can go a long way in preserving your car and keeping it running for hundreds and thousands of miles and many years.

Dashboard Lights

Saving a little gas money isn’t the only reason to keep an eye on the check engine light. It’s useful to have that stuff checked because your car might be operating in a mode that’s not optimum. If the light goes on then off, don’t worry. If it stays on, better take it in for service. Before you immediately rush to the mechanic, check your gas cap, tighten it and give it 24 hours to see if it will stay off. This is one of the most common reasons for a car’s engine light to be on. If not, bring it to the repair center for a diagnostics test to ensure you are not causing additional damage.

Start implementing these tips into your regular vehicle maintenance and keep your vehicle running well to save you money on repair costs.