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Newer cars are more fuel-efficient, more powerful, and safer than ever, but there are still a few auto maintenance mistakes that can shorten their lifespan or worse. Protect your investment with Murray’s Auto Clinics and beware these common blunders.

Totaled Tires

Tires are fairly low-maintenance, but that just makes it easier to miss signs of damage or performance issues until it’s too late. The tread should be at least 1/8 inch thick; to test this, simply grab a quarter and hold it head-down to see if it reaches the top of Washington’s head. Check the pressure monthly and fill them according to the figures in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb. Finally, don’t forget to have the tires balanced and the suspension aligned for optimal performance and fuel economy.

Computer Dependency

Thanks to on-board computers, virtually every component of a car’s powertrain is electronically managed to provide optimal performance. These systems can identify problems in performance and trigger dashboard warning lights, but they only provide so much information. A warning light could mean major mechanical issues, or it could be something as simple as a loose gas cap. Most can’t, however, predict mechanical failure for essential hardware such as the timing belt or brake pads.

Frequent Fluid Flushes

Older cars used to require a regular oil change about every 3,000 miles, but many cars can easily go double that distance or longer between changes. The same applies to transmission oil and other major fluids. However, recommended fluid flushes vary significantly depending on make and model, so consult the owner’s manual for more detailed estimates.

Whether you need emergency service or you simply want to stay on top of regular maintenance, our ASE-certified specialists at Murray’s Auto Clinics can help. We have been a trusted name in auto repair in Silver Spring, MD for more than 31 years, and we have the experience and resources to keep your car in tip-top shape. Call 301-585-7557 to find the location nearest you.