4 Commonly Overlooked Aspects of Vehicle Maintenance

by Matt Solis

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While regular oil changes are important, there are other aspects of vehicle maintenance that are equally crucial. Here are a few to consider:

1. Radiator flush
When radiator fluid isn’t periodically flushed, it can result in corrosion and subsequent damage. Having yours flushed at regular intervals will extend the life of your radiator, fuel pump and gaskets.

2. Tire pressure
Many people don’t realize that tire pressure affects both gas mileage and tire wear. The strength of a tire is based on the design of its sidewall—when air pressure is low, the side wall doesn’t provide good support, which causes the outside of the tire to round off, particularly in the front because of frequent turning.

3. Fluid testing
People often pay attention to engine oil but ignore all the other fluids that a vehicle requires. To avoid unexpected problems, test the integrity of your differential, power steering, transmission and brake fluid (as well as coolant) on a regular basis.  

4. Driving style
Even if you’re proactive about maintenance, in some cases, it may not adequately correspond to the type of driving you do. For instance, if you primarily drive on the freeway, you should have your radiator flushed every 60,000 miles, but if you do mostly city driving, you’ll need to have this performed more frequently.