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 now. With synthetic oil going into more cars today then just a few years ago its common to not have to change your oil more than 1 time every 10,000 miles which is over 3 X longer than ever before.

A Porsche, for example, has a 20,000-mile change interval because it uses so much oil. The most important thing to remember is read your owner’s manual in order to keep up with all required maintenance.

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.

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.

 

Watching your breaks
Drive too fast and too furious, and the brakes will go quickly. And when they do, 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 in order to stay up to date with your required maintenance schedule
You may not find it to be the most interesting book to read but in it you’ll find the vehicle maintenance schedule, along with 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.

Don’t ignore your 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. But remember to check your gas cap, tighten it and give it 24 hours to see if it will stay off. 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.