Little things make a big difference, and this is especially true when it comes to cars. Over time, little problems with a car, truck or minivan can add up and lead to big problems for their owners. At the same time, taking a number of little maintenance steps and making small repairs here and there can help to extend the life of a vehicle and keep it on the road forever. The people you hear about who are driving 25-year-old cars with 400,000 miles on them are individuals who paid attention to the little details along the way and fixed the small problems with their cars before they grew into big issues. Here are 10 little things car owners can do to keep their vehicle running forever.
10. Change the Air Filter
Studies show that most cars in North America never have their air filter changed. This is problematic considering that it is recommended that the air filter on every vehicle be changed once a year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. What’s more, an air filter typically costs only $10 and most people can change them out all by themselves in less than 10 minutes. Yet, a dirty and clogged air filter usually gets brought up to people by a mechanic who is repairing something else on their vehicle. A clean air filter is important as it helps to ensure the gas in the engine burns properly. Dirty and clogged air filters lead to lower gas mileage, the engine backfiring or the engine shutting down completely. These big problems can be avoided by spending just $10 a year and 10 minutes of your time to change the air filter in your car.