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Maintenance 101

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on June 2, 2017

CARS.COM — When is the right time to change your engine coolant? For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing it isn't even... Read More
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

By Rick Popely on May 26, 2017

CARS.COM — Wondering what the deal is with a tire rotation and whether or not you should get one? The rule of thumb is relatively easy to remember: A good time to rotate your tires is... Read More
When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

By Rick Popely on May 22, 2017

CARS.COM — Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with the life of brake pads (or brake shoes), the friction material that gets pressed against... Read More
How Long Do Tires Last?

By Rick Popely on May 18, 2017

CARS.COM — When do you need to replace your tires? We would expect at least 50,000 miles from the tires that come with any new vehicle, but tire life depends on many factors. Here are some... Read More
Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

By Rick Popely on May 8, 2017

CARS.COM — Most major oil brands market motor oil made specifically for engines that have more than 75,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide a... Read More
Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on May 3, 2017

CARS.COM — There are many fluids that run throughout your vehicle, but one of the most important to keep track of is the transmission fluid. Whether or not you should change it is not... Read More
How to Properly Check and Fill Tires

By Robby DeGraff on October 2, 2016

CARS.COM — While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the ... Read More
How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Smooth driving is a balancing act that requires getting the wheels and tires to spin at high speeds without vibrations. That's not a slam dunk; a dirty little secret about c... Read More
How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Most vehicles have a rubber belt on the front of the engine that drives accessories such as the air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump and alternator. If this accessor... Read More
How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — You rely on your car's battery to start your car every time you turn the key. Whether you are driving to work or just hitting the road for a day of fun, you need to know tha... Read More