Ownership: Six Basic Maintenance Items You Should Never Let Slip

How Often Should I Change My Car's Fluids?

  How Often Should I Change My Car's Fluids? Think you're getting ripped off by your local quick lube joint? Here's everything you need to know about when to change your vehicle's fluids, and why it's so important.I'm somewhere in between, because it depends. What kind of engine are you running? What sort of driving do you do? What's the climate like where you're operating your machine? Keep in mind that motor oil isn't the only fluid that needs to be changed on a regular basis. If you plan on keeping your vehicle for a while, it's wise also to change transmission oil, coolant and even power steering and brake fluid.

Staying on top of car maintenance is one of those things everyone knows they should do but tend to forget. Or, perhaps they don't completely forget. They just put it off longer than they should. Even car enthusiasts have been known to postpone an oil change every now and then.

Six Basic Maintenance Items You Should Never Let Slip© CarThrottle + YouTube Six Basic Maintenance Items You Should Never Let Slip

But if you want your car to stay safe to drive and last as long as possible, it's important to receive regular reminders that this stuff is important. Worn tires can cause wrecks, unchanged oil can cause engine problems, and running out of windshield wiper fluid on salty roads can be a nightmare.

Passing down the family car? Ask these 7 questions

  Passing down the family car? Ask these 7 questions Passing down the family car? Ask these 7 questions It's a longstanding tradition among many American families: Mom and Dad buy a new car for themselves, then turn their old one over to a teenage son or daughter rather than sell it or trade it in.

Especially since winter is around the corner, consider this your reminder to make sure you do the basics. Fix that broken taillight. Top off your coolant. Inspect your brakes. And if you know someone who tends to put off basic maintenance, maybe send them this video.

Because if something goes wrong, it's going to be a lot more inconvenient (and expensive) than an oil change.

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“Nice car!” The shout comes through our passenger window, from the driver of an SUV so bland that I honestly can’t remember its make or model just seconds later. I give a friendly smile and a thumbs-up, while David Gooding, founder and president of Gooding & Co. (and currently my chauffeur) politely thanks our admirer."What year?"© Automobile Magazine Staff 1932 Packard Twin Six 906 Individual Custom Convertible Sedan 37 "Thirty-two," David and I return in unison.

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