Steps to Maintain Your Car

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We recently got a car for our 16 year old, and from school to work, to back home, and everywhere in between, he’s already put a couple thousand miles on it.  Then we have a family car that my husband drives to work and we use for shopping, and running errands. (And till this year, it was also the car I would drive to take Noah to school.)  Needless to say, having our cars in tip top shape is very important to my family.  Luckily my husband is an expert of fixing practically anything, and he’s great at working on cars.  Today I’m going to discuss a few steps that you can take to make sure your cars maintained.

Checking the Oil

1. Check Your Oil. You should check your oil about once a week and always check your oil before a long road trip.  If you get your oil changed by a professional, they will likely install a sticker, which tells you when the oil needs to be changed, and if you check your own oil, you should make your own note for this.  (It should be changed every 3000 miles or every 3 months.)  But despite what the sticker says, it is still a good idea to check the oil regularly.


2.  Get regular oil changes.  A regular oil change helps to ensure optimal vehicle performance, extended engine life, and better gas mileage.  You can get your oil changed at your local Walmart service center, or do your own oil change, using Quaker State® Oil.

Quaker State Oil is available in 4 varieties, to fit your car’s needs:

  • Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Motor Oil
  • Quaker State Defy™ High Mileage Motor Oil
  • Quaker State® Enhanced Durability™ Motor Oil
  • Quaker State® Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil


Quaker State Oil is available at your local Walmart in the automotive care section.  Right now you can find Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic Motor Oil on rollback at the great value price of $19.77!

This is the oil we recently purchased.  It features a fuel-saving additive that keeps the oil fresh to give you more performance and more engine life.

Aside from taking advantage of the great deals that Walmart has on motor oil, doing the oil change yourself will allow you to know just how much oil you’re using (which means you’ll never overpay for oil), and it allows you to choose the oil for your car and ensure that the quality meets your standards.


3. Keep an eye on your guages and don’t ignore warning lights.  Your car’s dashboard, with all its guages and warning lights, is your car’s best mode of communication, when it comes to letting you know if there’s a problem.  Always pay attention to warning lights and sensors and do routine maintenance to fix problems.


4.  Check under the hood.  Don’t rely on your guages alone.  When checking your oil, take a minute to check other things, such as your wiper fluid and transmission fluid and fill those as needed.

5. Check your tire pressure.  Keep an eye on your tires to make sure they have the appropriate amount of air.  If one of your tires looks low, you can check the pressure with a tire guage.  The recommended pressure amount is usually between 30 and 35 psi, but you should always consult your cars owner’s manual for exact figures.

6. Have your tires rotated.  Tire rotation is a necessity, because each of your tires carries a different amount of weight, which makes them wear at different rates. By having them rotated, you can basically even out those differences. This should generally be done every 5000 to 8000 miles.

7. Get regular tune-ups.  When changing your oil, you should check other key components of your car and replace them as needed.  These include spark plugs, plug wires, air filter and fuel filter. It’s also a great time to check other components under the hood such as belts, hoses

Noahs Car

How do you keep your car running great? If you’ve got a tip, I’d love to hear it in the comments. I also invite you to learn more about maintaining your car and routine oil changes from our friends at Quaker State.


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