Economy, Auto Travel Make Car Maintenance Critical

Replacing air filter in car

Replacing filters according to your vehicle owner’s manual can help your car run better, longer.

(NewsUSA) – People today are keeping their cars longer, a
trend that is putting automobile owners better in tune with their car maintenance needs. Add to
that the added annual miles from a decline in airplane travel, and vehicle upkeep becomes paramount
for safety, reliability and enjoyment.

Best practices for car care are surprisingly easy, says one expert.

“Car maintenance shouldn’t be intimidating,” said Lauren Fix, SAE-certified mechanic and
author of “Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car.” “Many of the simple tips our parents told us
still hold true — get regular tuneups, keep your tires inflated correctly, change your

Fix says what has changed, though, is the interval at which you need to change those

“Check your car owner’s manual. You might be surprised at how today’s filtration technologies
and high-performance oils can extend the time between oil changes,” she said.

Another change in car maintenance is the number of filters your technician should check.
Fuel filters, when left dirty, can lead to decreased fuel mileage and other problems in the fuel
system. Also, make sure your technician checks both your engine and cabin air filters, which help
your engine and HVAC systems work at peak performance, says filtration expert Paul

“Many people don’t realize that the majority of cars manufactured since 2000 have a
cabin air filter, whose job is two-fold,” said Bandoly, manager of technical services at WIX
Filters. “Not only do cabin air filters clean the air before it enters the vehicle’s HVAC system,
protecting vital system components from damage, but they also filter the air breathed by occupants
in the vehicle, making car travel more enjoyable.”

Prior to packing up the car for the vacation drive, tend to filtration needs, check your tire
air pressure and top off the engine’s fluids. But don’t put off car maintenance until the last

“Taking your car to your regular shop for maintenance visits allows technicians to
monitor your vehicle’s condition, and provides them with the opportunity to identify symptoms of
distress before costly repairs become necessary,” said Fix.

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