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The best car care tips

Most people don't know a lot about their cars and it can lead to common car problems. That's why you need the best car care tips so you can avoid big repair bills.

Every year, there's more technology and fewer things that the average car owner can do on their own. Learning these car care tips will keep your car safe on the road and make it last.

Learn about your car

For most cars, you just have to spend a few minutes reading through the owners manual to find out what the manufacturer recommended services are when it comes to oil changes, fuel grades and when to do certain types of maintenance. Using the wrong gas or oil could void your warranty or cause costly damage you'll have to repair. Knowing your maintenance schedules and other details about your car can save you time and money! We have access to all factory maintenance manuals, so call us if you don't have access to this information.

check your car fluids

Learn how to check your fluids. You don't have to know how to change your own oil or other fluids, but knowing when they're running low can help you discover problems like leaks when they're small problems and before those leaks can cause real damage to your engine, transmission or steering. Once again, your owners manual will probably have instructions on how to do that or ask your mechanic to show you how the next time your car is in for regular maintenance.

Pay attention to a rough ride

Make sure your tires are rotated and balanced regularly. If you notice that your car is not tracking in a straight line or other changes that affect ride quality. Take your car in for service.

Take notice of unusual sounds

Sometimes just listening to your car can save you money. If you notice something sounding different about your car, schedule an appointment with your mechanic to find out what's causing it.

  • A squealing noise that’s coming from one of your wheels could be a sign of a brake problem or worse, a wheel bearing.

  • Unusual sounds coming from the engine compartment? See your mechanic soon to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road.

  • Odd sounds when accelerating? That could signal a transmission problem on its way.

The longer you wait, the more potential for significant damage to your car.

regular oil changes

Oil changes are part of keeping your engine running smoothly and avoiding costly repairs. The good news is that many newer vehicles use oils that are more efficient, so while people used to change their oil every 3,000 miles, you can now go as much as 10,000 miles between oil changes. Check your owners manual of the make and model of your vehicle or ask your mechanic.

For our regular oil change using synthetic blend we recommend changes every 5,000 miles. Our full synthetic oil change, every 10,000 miles. If you do a lot of stop and go driving, you may want to go in a bit more often.

Don't wait to get your oil change, here at Fairbanks Automotive we offer $50 Quality Oil Changes Every day!


You only realize how important your wipers are when you need them to work. If they leave your windshield streaky or show physical signs of wear, it's time to replace them. Plus driving around with worn wiper blades runs the risk of scratching your windshield glass - an expensive repair that's easily avoided.

Don't Ignore the Check Engine Light

Check engine lights indicate that something in your engine isn't working properly but people frequently ignore them. If the engine light comes on and nothing feels wrong you may figure that everything is fine. The problem is that if you wait too long the warning can become an actual problem that could cost considerably more to correct. When the check engine light comes on, have it checked as soon as possible. If it's something that can wait, we'll let you know.

Regularly Check tire pressure

Best Car Care Tips to Make Your Car Last
Best Car Care Tips

This only takes a few minutes and many gas stations have air hoses with pressure sensors or can be set to a specific pressure. Some newer cars monitor tire pressure automatically, but if yours doesn't have this feature make sure to check your tires every month or so. When you do this, this is a good time to see if you have excessive tire wear.

Service your car with an Honest Mechanic

It can be tempting to try fixing something yourself, but most modern vehicles require specialized equipment to diagnose most problems. There aren't many things that can be fixed by your average person anymore. In many cases, there can be multiple causes for one particular issue and an experienced mechanic will usually know what's the most likely cause. They're also experience and can do many repair much, much faster than you can. In the end, it's always a good idea to have an experienced mechanic perform any repairs or services on your car.

these car car tips will save you money

Regularly take care of your car will save you money. It's better to spend one or two hundred dollars on a relatively minor issue like a worn timing belt than having to replace an entire engine and spend a few thousand dollars in the process.

Learning about your car and how to maintain your car will help prevent large car problems and extend the life of your vehicle. Plus this means there will be less chance of getting stuck out on a highway!

Don't wait for unexpected car troubles and Book an Appointment Today!


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