You can’t drive your car forever without taking it in for a routine doctor’s appointment. It’s important to keep it in shape all year long, so when you do take it in for a checkup, here’s what mechanics will look for:

1. Change the oil

Mechanics inform us it’s important to change our car’s oil every 3,000 to 5,00 miles. But why?

Oil keeps your engine’s parts moving. Without changing the oil, your engine would die and your car would be kaput. Oil helps protect your parts from all the tiny detonations that happen inside of the engine. It keeps the engine cool by drawing heat away from the combustion chamber.

2. Rotate tires

Rotating tires involves more than just spinning them around a few times. After all, that’s what they do all the time while driving down the road. A mechanic rotates tires by moving them from one wheel to the next. This helps prevent uneven wear and tear.

3. Tune up the engine

Tuning up your engine is vital to its longevity. Doing so can lead to improved engine performance, better fuel economy and extend the life of your vehicle. Many experts rank tuning your engine right below getting an oil change in terms of importance.

4. Check tire inflation

Make sure to check your tires consistently. Many new cars have automated gauges inside the car that can alert you when tire pressure falls below a certain level. Overinflated tires can lead to a less comfortable ride and greater tire wear. On the other hand, underinflated tires cause more of the tire to come into contact with the road causing uneven tire wear on its edges.

Extra advice: Always take care of those windshield wipers! While this may not have anything to do how your car runs, it still impacts your safety. Once wipers begin to streak, replace them. To maintain them, rub a wet paper towel across the blade to remove, dust, dirt and debris.

After you’re done having your vehicle inspected, why not get a car wash and wax too?

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