Maintenance 101

How To Properly Check and Fill Tires

By Robby DeGraff on Sat Oct 01 20:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016


CARS.COM — While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the road. Your vehicle's handling also… Read More

How To Properly Check and Fill Tires

By Robby DeGraff on Sat Oct 01 20:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the road. Your vehicle's handling also… Read More

How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 15:45:09 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to never. Really. For example, Chevrolet says to change the brake fluid on most models… Read More

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 05:30:46 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant (what many refer to as "antifreeze") in most of… Read More

Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 05:00:44 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Most major oil brands market oil made specifically for engines that have more than 75,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide anti-aging benefits. They are often a blend of synthetic and petroleum-based… Read More

How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 05:00:20 GMT-06:00 2016

Smooth driving is a balancing act that requires getting the wheels and tires to rotate at high speeds without vibrations. That's not a slam dunk; a dirty little secret about wheels and tires is that they usually aren't perfectly round,… Read More

How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 04:40:29 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Most vehicles have a rubber belt on the front of the engine that drives accessories such as the air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump and alternator. If this accessory drive belt (also called a V or serpentine belt) breaks,… Read More

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 02:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners… Read More

What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding… Read More

Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — No, you don't, according to every auto manufacturer we've talked to. The main advocates of the 3,000-mile oil change schedule are those who would profit by it: repair facilities, quick-lube chains and service departments at some new-car dealers.… Read More

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some… Read More