3 Quick Tips To Keep Your Car Healthy

Your car is meant to be driven. Keep it running smoothly and avoid a future breakdown with these simple tips anyone can do at home...

By: Paul

Paul is an expert mechanic with more than a decade of experience in mechanic shops. He has a real in-depth knowledge of how a car works, and just as important, how a shop works. He manages the FIXD Mechanic Hotline and makes sure that you always get the most accurate information for your car when you need it!


If you’re sheltering in place, chances are you’re driving less, too. But even after you’ve gone back to your regular routines, it’s still critical to take good care of your vehicle to avoid costly repairs. These 3 simple tips from our in-house FIXD Mechanics will help you keep your car healthy and prevent you from needing a tow down the road. Plus, they only take a few minutes each!

Tip #1: Save Your Brakes By Fighting Off This Silent Killer

A little rust on your disc pads may seem harmless, but it can ruin your brakes. The average brake pad replacement cost is $150 per axle. So, if your car’s been parked awhile, take it for a quick drive around the neighborhood to prevent your rotors from getting rusty and ensuring you can still brake safely.

Warming up the engine every so often also helps prevent fluids from going bad while keeping various gaskets and parts well-oiled and working properly.

Tip #2: This 2-Minute Test Could Save Your Life The Next Time It Rains.

When’s the last time you checked your tire treads? By law, drivers are required to have a minimum of 2/32 tread on a tire for safety. If your tire tread is too worn down, your vehicle is more likely to slide and end up in a crash – especially after rain or snow.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way to avoid this. To check your tire tread, grab a penny and insert it into your tire tread’s groove with Lincoln facing you and upside down. If all of his head is visible, your tire tread is less than 2/32 inch and should be replaced to keep you safe. 

Check out this video for more >> How To Do The Penny Test (Correctly)

Tip #3: Avoid Wasting $100s On A New Battery With This At-Home Trick!

Today’s cars contain multiple computers that can drain your battery if it’s stuck in the driveway for too long. Once a battery is dead, it can cost hundreds in parts and labor to replace. So it’s crucial to take good care of your vehicle’s battery on a regular basis.

A quick and easy scan of the FIXD sensor will let you know what your battery voltage is at so you know when to charge it up with a drive. 

Plus, if you ever do need to replace a battery and want to do it yourself, FIXD Premium includes access to the FIXD Mechanic Hotline. A friendly, highly trained, and qualified mechanic is here for you Monday – Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am-5pm. All you have to do is give them a call through your FIXD Premium app and they’ll gladly walk you through your repairs and answer any other questions you have.

At FIXD, our mission is to help every car owner in America save money and feel more confident about car care. We hope you found these at-home tips helpful. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and YouTube for more easy ways to care for your car or visit get.fixdapp.com to learn more.

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Comments 5

Ted M. Radovici

May 13, 2020

thank you, helpful

Ray Markham

May 13, 2020

I knew those tips beforehand, but it’s good that you put it out for those who do not.

Mikey

May 13, 2020

All good advice. I have maintained vehicles for over 50 years. This is really good advice you get here.

John Beckham

June 1, 2020

I must say that I am rather impressed with the “FYI” notes & tips available here for us FIXD owners! Thank you very much…

Jose Flores

August 21, 2020

Very helpful and thanks for the advice, FIXD!

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