Common maintenance mistakes

September 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping a vehicle running, but sometimes drivers make mistakes when it comes to caring for their car. Unfortunately, many drivers don't realize they've made a mistake until it's too late.

MSN recently profiled some of the common mistakes that drivers make when caring for their car. For example, two of the entries were about tires. Many drivers simply ignore the simple process of inflating and rotating their tires, even though it increases fuel economy and reduces the wear and tear on these critical parts. The other entry was related to tire longevity - you should be replacing your tires every five years or so. Risking it longer than that is asking for trouble.

Another mistake is ignoring your brake system. You might be surprised by how many drivers simply pretend that everything's fine even when their brakes are squealing or stuttering. It's much easier to take these in for brake service & repair.

If in doubt, it's probably best to have your vehicle handled by a professional. Heading to a certified mechanic for your tune-ups and vehicle diagnostics can go a long way toward ensuring your car remains in top condition.

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