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Auto Tune-Up

Next to a home, your vehicle is one of the largest investments you can make. While it is always recommended that you take your vehicle to your local Tewksbury Auto for routine maintenance, there are a few things you can do on your own to prolong the life of your vehicle. One simple thing you can do is to kick some bad habits you might be employing.

Here are a few things from your local Tewksbury Auto to make your car run better for longer:

Not Using the Parking Brake:
Not Using the Parking Brake:

This one can be easy to space. But by simply pulling your parking brake when you park will add years to your transmission’s life. Even if you’re on a flat surface, activating the parking brake will relieve tension on your tires and brakes. It’s like running around with your shoes on but your laces untied. You may be able to get around alright, but the likelihood of an accident occurring is that much higher.

Riding Brakes Down a Hill:
Riding Brakes Down a Hill:

Many apply their brakes down steep hills because it makes them feel safer. But the practice causes your brake pads to heat up and wear out much faster. To counteract this, when cruising down a hill switch between stepping on the brakes and letting off of them to relieve your brake pads.

Starting your Car the Wrong Way:
Starting your Car the Wrong Way:

This one’s simple to do, but difficult to remember. Before you turn off your vehicle, turn off your wipers, lights, GPS, and climate control. By shutting these things down, your car won’t be using as much energy when it starts up. This will preserve the engine.

Waiting until the “E” to Fill Up:
Waiting until the “E” to Fill Up:

At the end of a long day, stopping at the pump is the last thing you want to do. But when you let your car run down to empty, you risk having sediment sucked into your engine, which will pollute the fuel injectors and cause major damage.