Car maintenance

Car maintenance means to inspect the condition of car components and add (or change) expendable parts (or materials). Regular maintenance is critical to ensures the longevity and safety of a car.

The actual schedule of car maintenance varies depending on the type of a car and driving condition. Even a dealership often has a different recommended schedule from the manufacturer service manual for the same car.

Common car maintenance tasks include:
* Car wash
* check or change the engine oil and fuel filters
* inspect or replace windshield wipers
* check or refill windshield washer fluid
* inspect tires for pressure and wear.
* Tire balancing
* Tire rotation
* Wheel alignment
* check or clean battery terminals
* inspect or replace brake pads
* check or refill brake fluid
* check or refill transmission fluid
* check or refill power steering fluid
* check and refill engine coolant
* flush radiators
* inspect or replace spark plugs
* inspect or replace air filters
* inspect timing belts
* clean and adjust throttle body
* lubricate locks, latches, hinges
* check all lights and horns

Some tasks that have equivalent service intervals are combined into one single service known as a tune up.

In some countries, the completed services are recorded in a service book which is rubber stamped by the service centre upon completion of each service. A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle. Services like [http://www.driverside.com DriverSide] in the United States and [http://www.drivearchive.co.uk DriveArchive] in the United Kingdom are trying to create tools to help car owners track this service information.

External links

* http://autorepair.about.com/
* http://www.autocarrepair.net/
* http://www.carbibles.com/
* [http://www.driverside.com DriverSide provides estimates on the cost of car repairs]
* http://autos.yahoo.com/maintain/
* http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/index.html
* http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood-channel.htm
* http://doityourself.com/scat/automaintenanceandca
* http://www.wikihow.com/Category:Car-Maintenance-and-Repair
* http://www.theaa.com/motoring-advice/index.jsp


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