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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Next to your home, your car is likely your largest financial investment, and it is important to apply proper maintenance in order to make the most out of this important asset. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and those who fail to keep current on their maintenance schedule run an increased risk of encountering problems sooner. There are a few guidelines to follow to make the most out of your car's life. 

Owner's Manual

Whether you have your vehicle's original owner's manual or have to access it online, this booklet contains valuable information regarding general upkeep. Within its pages, you will be advised of a number of useful tips such as how often to get the oil changed. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with your owner's manual to have a broad knowledge of the types of regular maintenance your vehicle requires.

Window Cracks

When it comes to window cracks, time is of essence. While a small crack may not seem like a looming problem, there are a number of conditions that can cause these small cracks to become much larger problems. From moisture and extreme temperatures to bumps in the road and the sun, cracks can spread. Even worse, failure to fix this problem can result in the entire window breaking. As soon as you notice a crack beginning to appear, it is important to get it looked at by a professional. There is a chance it can be repaired for a much cheaper price than replacing the entire window.

Check the Fluids

Once a week, it is important that you check the fluids that help lubricate your vehicle and allow it to run smoothly. Too often, car owners neglect to do so in between oil changes, and this causes additional wear and tear on the vehicle that will ultimately shorten its lifespan. Aside from the oil level, also ensure there is plenty of coolant to keep the vehicle from overheating.

Tire Check

Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire. Not only can this happen at an inconvenient time, but it can put you in danger if you find yourself alone on a dark highway when it occurs. When you check your fluids, it is also a good idea to check your tires. Be on the lookout for steel belt that may be showing. This means it's time for new tires. Also, check the pressure in each tire at least once per week. Keeping tires inflated at their recommended levels helps improve tire life as well as allows the car to maximize its fuel efficiency.

Air Filter

Along with proper fluid levels to stay lubricated, your vehicle also needs to be allowed to breathe. It is important to check your air filter to make sure it is not clogged. Driving on an old air filter greatly reduces efficiency. They are relatively simple to find under the hood only cost a few dollars to replace.

Know Your Products

When purchasing things for your vehicle such as oil or transmission fluid, it is crucial that you know what kind to purchase. Your owner's manual will provide you with this information, and you can often find it printed on the dipstick for the fluid you are replacing. 

Ace Discount Glass is an auto, home, and commercial glass repair and replacement shop located in Austin, Texas. With technicians on call, Ace can meet you if you are stuck on the road with a broken windshield, or if your home has been broken into. With a 24-hour emergency line, Ace is there to help you at any time.

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