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If you’ve bought a new car or are looking to keep the one you have for a while, it’s important to take the initiative and perform tasks that will ensure that you get the maximum mileage out of your automobile. This includes everything from routine tasks to taking a look at carports. Many of us can’t afford a new automobile, so doing these things will go a long way in ensuring that you’ll have your car for a very long time. Plus, they are relatively easy to do and most are inexpensive.

Check Your Oil Level, Transmission Fluid and Brake Fluid

Your car’s oil is the blood in your car. It’s what keeps it going. You should check it weekly to make sure that you have an adequate amount. All you have to do is turn your engine off and pull out the dipstick. Once you clean it, reinsert it into your engine and then pull it out again. You’ll be able see your current oil level again and whether or not you need to add any more. You can check transmission, power steering and brake fluid in a similar fashion, although all involve different steps.

Keep Your Tires Strong

We’ve all experienced a flat tire before. It’s no fun and replacing your tires can be incredibly expensive, not to mention the costs and hassle of getting towed. Plus, poor tires will lower your gas mileage, which will hurt you at the pump as well. Take care of your tires by checking the tire pressure often and putting air in them when needed. Make sure to check the tread of your tires as well.

Is Your Automobile Cool?

If you’ve ever seen steam come from your car, this is probably due to overheating and a lack of coolant. To prevent this, make sure that your car has an adequate amount by looking at the reserve tank. If you have to fill your coolant often, you may want to take your car to be serviced. Speaking of that…

Schedule Service When Needed

You know that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or so, but you should also have your tires rotated when necessary and flush your cooling system at least once in your car’s lifetime. If you notice an unusual noise or shake from your automobile, make sure to take it to a garage before the problem worsens.

Keep Your Car in a Carport

The elements can damage your car over time. Protect your car by keeping it in a carport, and you’ll see that it will stay at its optimal levels for a significantly longer amount of time.

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