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If you own a car for very long, you know that there are maintenance tasks you must perform regularly to ensure that your vehicle continues to function properly. This includes checking the oil, antifreeze, and brake fluid, as well as tire air pressure and tread depth frequently, and taking your car for servicing every 5,000-10,000 miles (or every 3 months or 3,000 miles for older vehicles) to get fluids and filters changed.
There are also semi-regular maintenance tasks that need to be performed to avoid costly damage to your engine and automotive parts. These are spaced out over tens of thousands of miles, so you won't have to do them often, but you cannot neglect them. What are these tasks and when should they take place? Most happen at 30,000-mile or 60,000-mile-plus intervals.
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You rely on your car to get to work, run errands, and generally manage your busy life. This can all be derailed in an instant if your vehicle breaks down. While wear and tear is par for the course when you own and operate an automobile, you can do a lot to prevent potential problems, or at least catch and repair them early, when you practice proper maintenance. Here's your essential guide to vehicle maintenance and upkeep.
Fluids and Filters
Most of your engine parts are designed to last for years without repair or replacement. Fluids and filters, however, need to be checked and changed frequently. To be honest, you should be checking oil and coolant levels on your own between scheduled maintenance visits to make sure you're not running low. Checking once a month when you fill your gas tank is a good rule of thumb.
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As busy adults, we have a lot going on, so most of us don't have expertise in plumbing, computers, or vehicle maintenance. We hire professionals to manage these concerns for us. That said, you rely on your car for essential tasks like getting you to work each day. While you'll certainly need regular professional checkups to keep it in good working order, there's also a lot you can do to ensure optimal performance and avoid problems in between. Here are a few regular vehicle maintenance tasks every driver should perform.
Fluids become filthy and depleted over time, compromising engine performance and resulting in even bigger concerns if they aren't changed regularly. While your mechanic will check and change fluids for you during servicing, you should check oil, coolant, wiper, and brake fluid about once a month to make sure they're within acceptable levels.
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Very few businesses have been around as long as Ford Motor Company (1903) or are as successful for as long. Given the nature of longevity, paired with changes in technology, consumer tastes, and envelope-pushing design, any organization is bound to create some truly iconic products. Those same factors, however, can also lead to some pretty notable exceptions, as well.
That said, here is a compilation of the some of the most successful and least popular Fords in history. We realize this is completely subjective and some readers will have doubts about cars on our most popular list, while some may herald the benefits of those on our least popular list. Still, this is a pretty good jumping off point for antique auto collectors. Also, note this list limited to cars.
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Chrysler, now FCA North America, has been one of the most enduring brand names in automobiles. Established in 1925 by Walter Chrysler from the remnants of the Maxwell Motor Company, Chrysler quickly became synonymous with value and sophistication. It is still regarded as one of the "Big Three" of the United States automobile industry, alongside Ford and General Motors. Through the years, Chrysler has gone through a myriad of changes and leadership, but one thing always has remained at the forefront of Chrysler design: Quality.
When a company has been in business for nearly a century, a car company in particular, you can expect them to deliver products that are emblematic of the brand — automobiles that have stood the test of time as exemplary models with widespread popularity and are still revered for their design, craftsmanship, and reliability.