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It would be nice if we could just get in the car and go, but the truth is that cars need maintaining, and the more diligent you are about tackling car maintenance up front, the less it will cost you down the road. Here a few suggestions that will curb your maintenance costs over the long haul: • Oil changes -- The 3,000-mile oil change is history for newer cars. You’ll save money by changing it every 7,500 to 10,000 miles (check your owner’s manual). Use an independent garage, since dealers tend to be expensive. If you’re not sure you’re going to a reputable one, mark your old oil filter and check to be sure it has been changed. • Change the fuel filter every two years, or according to the manufacturer’s schedule. You’ll spend a lot more getting it replaced once it becomes clogged with grit. • Replace the air filter and wiper blades yourself. You can buy them a lot cheaper at an auto-parts store. Replacement is simple for

either part, and it should take no more than five minutes to do. Replace air filters at least once every 20,000 miles and wipers at least once a year. • Keep your tires properly inflated. Check them once a month; otherwise, you’re wasting gasoline or risking a blowout. Improper inflation also wears out tires faster, and buying new ones is expensive. • Rotate and realign your tires regularly. If your tires are wearing unevenly, your car may be out of alignment or your shocks or struts worn out. This can drastically reduce the life of your tires. • Follow the factory maintenance schedule. Your dealer may want you to have a major tune-up every 30,000 miles, but you can stick to the manufacturer’s schedule unless your car is not running well. As with oil changes, independent shops can do this work much cheaper. Dealers may tell you using outside garages violates the car’s warranty, but this is

not true. • Change your antifreeze every two years. Also check for drips under the car and dried/cracked belts and hoses. • Have your brakes checked once a year. It’s much cheaper to adjust than replace them. • Use the right gas. Your owner’s manual might say you should buy premium, but that isn’t necessarily true. Go for the cheapest gasoline that doesn’t make your car engine knock; all octane does is prevent knock. A higher-grade gasoline isn’t necessarily better for your car, just more expensive. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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