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Tips to keep your motor running smoothly

If your car has been feeling a little sluggish lately, there are some things you can do to get your motor running right again.

First, change your oil and filter. Make sure to use the grade of oil that is recommended by the car. Using the wrong grade of oil can reduce the performance of your car and its gas mileage.

And, do not rely on the oil light in your car. By the time that light goes on, some damage to your engine may already have been done. So, check your oil often. Also check the brake fluid and transmission fluid levels. You should flush the brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant system every two years or 30,000 miles. Keeping fresh, clean fluids in your car will keep your motor running smoothly.

Two other things needed are replacing your air filter and fuel filter frequently. Clean filters will help keep dirt out of your fuel injectors, fuel pump and engine. If too much dirt accumulates, it will lead to expensive repairs.

You should also change your spark plugs every other year. Worn plugs will cause your engine to misfire and waste a lot of gas. Also, check all the belts and hoses in your car for signs of wear, especially the timing belt or timing chain. If that breaks, it can destroy your engine. When you do replace it, replace the water pump too since the procedure for each is the same.

You can do many of these things yourself. You do not have to be an ace mechanic. You just need the desire, a how to manual and a few tools.

If your car will no longer run please consider donating your car to charity. If you do, it will be picked up fast and free and you will get a tax deduction of at least $500 if you itemize on your federal tax return. The process is easy and there are many charities that can benefit from your car donation. For complete details on how to donate car, visit or call 866-448-3487.

posted 11.02.2011

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