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Maintaining Your Car, Maintaining Yourself

Finding an honest mechanic is sometimes as hard as finding a good man. Here are a few things every driving woman should know to avoid getting cheated in the car maintenance area.

  1. You know you need to change your engine oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or about every three months. However, some service stations have been known to skip changing the oil or to do part of the job by changing the oil but not the oil filter. To make certain that the oil filter was in fact replaced, use a black marker to put an X on the new oil filter after an oil change. When the next oil change has been completed, the newly installed filter should not include an X.

  2. You should also check if you need to change your air filter each time you service your car, and replace it if it appears to be dirty. You should replace the air filter every 15,000 miles or so, as they are generally inexpensive. Other things to check are:

    • Transmission fluid
    • Brake fluid
    • Power steering fluid
    • Radiator coolant (check the clear plastic bottle)
    • Windshield washer fluid

  3. Consider investing in a tube of dielectric grease when changing spark plugs. The lubricant will make removing the plug wires much easier the next time you replace your plugs.

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