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How to Maintain Your Vehicle

You don’t need to be a mechanic to ensure economical and trouble-free driving. Simply read your owner’s manual carefully and follow the maintenance schedules designed for your vehicle and driving habits. Maintainting your vehicle can help reduce costly repairs and increase fuel economy. Also, stay alert for signs that something isn’t working properly and fix it or have it repaired before it gets worse.

No matter how carefully you maintain your vehicle, there will be times when your vehicle breaks down and will need to be repaired by a mechanic. Emergency roadside assistance offers peace of mind and is a wonderful benefit of AAA membership.

 

Click on each of the icons below to find out how to maintain your car.

Keep You Windshield Clean

Always keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility. Wash untinted windows with a household glass cleaner. Use a mixture of white vinegar and water on tinted windows.

Replace Worn Windshield Wipers

Replace your wiper blades every 6 months or 6,000 miles - even if you live in a "dry" place like Arizona. You can replace just the refills (squeegees), which are the rubber wiping components installed into the vertebrae.

Keep Headlights and Signal Lights Clean

Keeping headlights, tail lights and signal lights clear of dirt and debris can prevent them from becoming too dim to be seen by other drivers. Use only cleaners approved for cleaning plastic lens covers to prevent fogging.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Check tire pressures and adjust at least once a month. Under inflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents.

Keep Battery Terminal Clean

Keep battery terminals clean and check the battery's fluid level. If possible, add distilled water to bring the electrolyte solution back to the proper level.

Check and Change Your Oil

Check your car's oil level and change oil as recommended in your owner's manual. Avoid oil additives – some do more harm than good.

Check Fluid Levels

At each refueling, check fluid levels, including window washer fluid.

Check the Engine Belts

Look for cracks or looseness in engine belts. Broken belts are a major reason for roadside breakdowns.

Skip Cleaning Engine Components

Skip under-the-hood cleaning of your engine. It looks good, but could severely damage sensitive electronic components and wiring.