An extended auto warranty is the best way to protect yourself from unwanted repair bills, but you should also do everything you can to avoid car trouble in the first place. Here are some more tips to help you keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.
- Coolant Flush and Fill – Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should be changing out the vehicle’s engine coolant. This will help keep the car from overheating and will protect the life of the entire engine, especially the coolant system.
- Transmission Fluid Flush – The manual will also tell you how often the transmission fluid needs to be replaced. This is vital for your transmission and will help to extend its life.
- Performance Enhancers – To keep your gas mileage optimal and ensure that the engine is running efficiently, be sure to change out the air filter and keep drive belts in good condition. Changing out the spark plugs at the proper intervals is also a must.
- Major Maintenance – Getting the to timing belt and water pump on a car takes a long time, and the labor costs can pile up. However, it is nothing compared to the damage that is done if the timing belt breaks. It’s not something you can check without taking the whole engine apart, so your owner’s manual should recommend how often you should change it. It’s a good idea just to change the water pump while the engine is apart, and a reasonable mechanic shouldn’t charge much extra (basically just for the parts).
Extending Your Warranty and the Life of Your Vehicle
Be sure to keep up with our vehicle protection blog for more tips on how to protect your car and your wallet from the high cost of repairs. If you don’t have your car protected, call 1-800-280-6708 today to get a free quote, or you can get the process started by submitting our contact form.