Auto Mechanics Ottumwa IA

Even if your vehicle is brand new, it is a good idea to check the oil every few hundred miles. If the level slowly gets lower between oil changes, you might have an issue with your engine. The same applies for your vehicles’ brake fluid, clutch fluid, if it’s a manual transmission, or your automatic transmission fluid.

Hawkeye Auto Credit
(641) 682-4612
318 Bardell St
Ottumwa, IA

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Glendenning Motor CO Inc Sales Service Parts Department
(641) 464-3216
204 S Taylor
Mount Ayr, IA
Services
SUV Repair,Auto Dealers

Leading Edge Ford
(641) 732-5551
1326 Main Street
Osage, IA
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Cars Dealers,Auto Dealers

Lujacks Northpark Auto Plaza
(563) 386-1511
3700 N Harrison Street
Davenport, IA
Services
Car Detailing,Clutch Repair,Interior Cleaning,Interior Repair,Auto Dealers

Witham Auto Center
(319) 234-4200
2033 Laporte Road
Waterloo, IA
Services
Clutch Repair,Truck Auto Body,Truck Dealers,Used Cars Dealers,Auto Dealers

All American Auto Center LLC
(319) 653-7266
1738 E Washington St
Washington, IA
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Alignment Repair,Auto Body Repair,Clutch Repair,Engine Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Truck Auto Body,Tune up Repair,Used Cars Dealers,Auto Dealers

Keast Auto Center
(712) 755-2116
2101 23rd Street
Harlan, IA
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Dale Howard
(641) 648-4691
600 Brooks Road
Iowa Falls, IA
Services
SUV Repair,Auto Dealers

Krueger Auto and Truck Villa Inc
(319) 352-9000
2320 5th Avenue Northwest
Waverly, IA
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Trailer Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Rydell Chevrolet
(319) 234-4601
1325 E San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Truck Auto Body,Used Cars Dealers,Auto Dealers

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How to Extend the Life of Your Car

How To Extend The Life Of Your Car By DriverSide Staff

DriverSide provides not just information on buying and selling cars, but helps you live with your car every day. In today's economy, we're constantly asked how people can keep their current cars on the road for longer periods of time. While it is expensive to buy a new car every few years, it is also expensive to repair a car that may be on its last legs. We at DriverSide, always being on the side of, you, the driver, have compiled a list of some of our helpful tips to help extend the life of your vehicle and save you money in the long run.

Discover a strange sound coming from your engine? DriverSide can help you find a mechanic . We can also help you get a quote for the repair prices and labor with our Pre-Service Report. Also, if any of these tips spur you to stock up on some parts and accessories, we have an abundance of listings. DriverSide is here to help you with your ownership needs from all angles.
 
1. Preventative Care and Maintenance

Augie Barone, Service Manager at Pat’s Garage in San Francisco credits regular maintenance as one of the most important ways to add years to your car’s life. “The customers who have the most miles on their car are the ones who are consistent with their service schedule,” he says. “They get a hold of issues before they get out of hand. It helps a lot to maintain the car’s longevity. You can’t just wait for the service light to come on.”

Keeping your vehicle's fluids new and clean is priority number one when it comes to making sure your car hangs around for a long while. Frequent oil changes can prevent the buildup of harmful deposits that rob fuel economy and power, as well as make internal components work harder. A harder working engine is one with a shorter life span.

Even if your vehicle is brand new, it is a good idea to check the oil every few hundred miles. If the level slowly gets lower between oil changes, you might have an issue with your engine. The same applies for your vehicles’ brake fluid, clutch fluid, if it’s a manual transmission, or your automatic transmission fluid.

While keeping an eye on your vehicle's fluid levels is a good first step toward improving your investment's longevity, sticking to the recommended service intervals in your owner's manual is equally important. Different manufacturers allow for different time periods between required maintenance. While it may look expensive to go about replacing your air filter, changing your oil, rotating your tires every few thousand miles, the preventative care saves you money in the long run. For a general idea, you can check out our guide to car maintenance .

Don’t forget to save all your service receipts. Not only are they good to have for reminders, but having them available for potential buyers will also increase the residual value of your car. 

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