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Rotate And Balance Your Tires

If you’ve ever left a jug of milk sitting in your fridge for too long, or have seen a green/blue residue on a loaf of bread, then you’ve already dealt with mold. As you might expect, it’s a good idea to keep this from happening to the interior of your car.

What causes mold to form? Damp conditions. For this reason, you want to do everything you can to prevent excess moisture from entering the cabin. A few ways to do this include adding floor mats (rubber or plastic is best), placing wet items in a cargo tray, and kicking off wet shoes before getting in.

Mold not only creates an odd odor that devastates resale value, but it can also be harmful to breathe. Thankfully, cleaning your interior with an automotive specialty shampoo should take care of the issue.

As you drive, your tires create friction as they move across the pavement, which causes them to wear down. Commonly, your front tires will wear quicker than the rear. This happens due to them carrying the weight of the engine, as well as from constant turning. There’s also the chance that they wear unevenly, meaning from the outside in or vice versa.

Thankfully, by rotating and balancing them, you’re able to distribute the wear more evenly. The former simply means to swap them from one wheel to the next. The latter means to reposition them to ensure that no single area receives more weight than another.

Regardless of how much tread you have left, be sure to swap your tires out with a new set every few years. The last thing you want is to risk a blowout due to them drying out and rotting.

Here’s an easy one – replace your wipers every 3-6 months. Why? Because worn wiper blades are less capable of clearing your windshield. One of the best ways to maintain your car is to ensure you’re never in an accident, and visibility is a crucial factor in this.

Wiper replacement takes 10-minutes max, and shouldn’t cost more than $25-$40 for a pair. Thankfully, your manual will mention which wipers are best for your model.

You should also regularly clean your windshield. Again, visibility is the focus here. But there’s also scratches to worry about when your wipers pass over dust and dirt.

As your crankshaft rotates, it creates power, which is delivered to the various components of your engine via different belts. Some of these include the timing belt, the power steering belt, the serpentine belt, and the AC compressor belt. Should any of them break, that component will effectively become crippled (and possibly your car).

Thankfully, worn belts are easily diagnosed thanks to the audible squeaking sound they make (most of the time). You can also visually inspect them for wear, which is usually in the form of a crack.

Most belts have a lifespan of between 50,000 to 100,000 miles thanks to their rubber composition. They’re also rather affordable to swap out, like a serpentine belt, which typically falls between $90 to $200 to replace.

There are 3 main components of a modern disc braking system, these include the pads, calipers, and rotors. When you press the pedal, it causes the calipers to squeeze the pads against the rotors, which creates friction and brings your vehicle to a stop.

As you might have noticed from previous car maintenance tips, when friction is made, it causes the various components in your car to wear out. Brake pads typically last for between 25,000 to 65,000 miles, rotors for 30,000 to 70,000 miles, and calipers for about 10-years or 75,000 to 100,000 miles.

Ignoring any of these essential items will result in you having reduced stopping power. Which, as you might have guessed, is a tremendous hazard in an emergency situation.

If your car vibrates when braking, if it pulls in one direction or another, or if you hear squealing sounds, it’s likely time to have your brakes inspected.

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