Tips for More Miles from Your Vehicle

December 8, 2017

Tips for More Miles from Your Vehicle

Purchasing a vehicle can be a big investment so here are some tips to help you get the most out of your new ride!

Read Your Owner’s Manual

The first step in taking care of your vehicle is to learn when to schedule preventive maintenance. Your owner’s manual will recommend how often to change the oil, fluids, belts and hoses, plus other parts necessary to keeping everything running smoothly. If you can’t find your manual, try searching online. Many manufacturers have vehicle manuals posted for you to reference and download.

Change Your Oil Frequently

Be sure that you have your vehicle’s oil changed on a regular basis. New owner’s manuals may recommend longer intervals between oil changes but the fact is frequent changes do flush out abrasive dirt and metal particles from the engine and that can prolong engine life.

Clean Your Engine

We all know that a clean car is more fun to drive but you should think about cleaning under your hood. A clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one. If your engine is clean, it makes it much easier to spot a leak and to service components. You may be more likely to check those hoses and belts when everything is clean. Before you start washing, remember to protect sensitive engine components like the air intake, electrical parts and the distributor with plastic bags. A grease-cutting dishwashing liquid and a bristle brush can help you scrub the engine and then rinse well.

Care for Your Battery

Just because your battery says it is maintenance free doesn’t mean you can install it and forget about it. A few things can extend the life of your maintenance free battery. First, check the battery connections to be sure they are tight. Loose connections can discharge your battery prematurely. Also, make sure your connections are clean if they are exposed. Some battery posts have plastic or rubber covers to help keep them clean and insulated. If your battery is more than three years old, ask a mechanic to test its ability to hold a charge. If it fails the test, it’s time to invest in a new battery.

How Alliance Can Help

Even with the best of vehicle maintenance, you can still have an unexpected emergency arise. That is when Alliance Members can make a call to Association Motor Plan for assistance. This emergency roadside service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide up to $125 coverage per event for services performed by a commercial garage, locksmith, or tow provider.