What, besides scheduled maintenance, should I do to maintain my car?
April 10, 2014 12:37 PM Subscribe
We recent got a new-to-us used car. Other than following the manufacturer's scheduled maintenance, what should we do to maintain and maximize the life of the car? Examples inside.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The specific car is a '13 Subaru Forester, if that matters. As I mentioned above, we'll follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. We'd like to make this car last as long as our last one (a '99). What, outside the maintenance schedule should we do to make sure the car lasts a long time? For instance:
-- We live in MA, where there are snowy, icy winters, and salted roads. Should we get the car washed periodically in the winter to get the salt off? Is waxing important, or just aesthetic?
-- What should we do with scratches to ensure we don't get rust on metal body panels?
-- One site I saw online suggested checking the oil dipstick weekly to ensure you've got enough. Easily done. Should I be checking all fluids weekly?
-- Checking tire pressure and treads. We have a digital gauge, so we can do this at home. How frequently?
-- Are there any additives or treatments that are important or worthwhile? (e.g., add a can of XYZ to your gas tank once every 1000 miles to ensure the valves stay clean)
We're not big car people, so if there's lore or best practices about how to maintain a car outside the four corners of the owner's manual, we probably haven't heard it. Thanks!