This guest post was written by FIXD Mechanic Paul, a master mechanic with over a decade of experience.
Believe it or not, overuse and underuse can cause damage to your vehicle. Whether you travel a lot for work or have multiple cars that sometimes sit in the driveway for days on end, it’s critical to properly care for your car if you want to avoid costly repairs. Here are 3 quick and easy tips to keep your car happy, no matter how you drive.
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: Do This 2-Minute Test before 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 and find out if you need new tires. 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: Test This before Spending $100s on a New Battery
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.
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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.