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Dusty roads can have a major impact on your car. You can lessen repair and fuel expenses by following a regular car maintenance routine. It may seem like a time-consuming chore, but these routine car maintenance tips will save you money in the long run:

Check your car’s fluid levels
Checking your vehicle’s oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, and brake fluid levels is one good way of making sure your car has the right amount of fluids to keep on running smoothly. It’s also the perfect time to take a closer look and watch out for symptoms of wear and tear. Imagine if your car’s oil pump has a leak, and you notice it only because the engine is starting to show signs of overheating. So aside from replacing the pump or gasket, you’ll probably have to replace an engine part, which is a lot more expensive. To cut down repair expenses, take the time to check fluid levels. It’s easy to do without hiring a mechanic.

Change the air filter every 3 months
Territorians who frequently use their car on dusty roads or highly polluted areas might have to change the filter more often. Watch out for these signs that could indicate a dirty filter: the service engine light comes on, starting problems, and rough idling. A clogged filter can make your car’s air-fuel ratio become too rich or lean. When either of this happens, your mileage can drop by as much as 10% and cost you a few more dollars in fuel consumption. To avoid flushing money down the drain, make sure to change the air filter at least every three months.

Inspect tyres regularly
When inspecting your tyres, check for uneven patches, bumps and holes. Keep in mind that leaking tyres can affect your mileage and lead to road handling problems. Over- or underinflated tyres will force your suspension and braking systems to work harder, wearing them out faster as an effect. Worn-out tyres also make you more prone to road accidents, especially when the roads are wet. So if you don’t want to deal with costly suspension and braking problems, inspect the tyres regularly and replace them when needed.

Replace worn-out wiper blades
Wiper blades are some of the most ignored car parts, but once they start to wear out, getting rid of water and mud marks from the windshield becomes a challenging task. Regularly cleaning the wiper blades with a sponge and car soap can easily dislodge dirt, and replacing the blades is a lot cheaper than fixing a scratched windshield. You don’t want poor visibility once the Wet season arrives. Bits of grime covering and scratching your windshield make it harder for you to see the road clearly. Plus, a scratched windshield will force you to spend money on special waxing products or worse, a replacement if the scratches are too deep.

Regular car maintenance doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore. Once you’ve developed a routine that you’re comfortable with, keeping your car in good shape becomes easier. Remember, a well-maintained vehicle is less prone to costly repairs and replacements.

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