It’s Not Too Late: A Resolution That Can Save Money and So Much More

The New Year has just begun, and already people are ditching their New Year’s resolutions and revisiting their old ways. But what if you had picked a resolution that could help save you money or even your life? Maybe then you wouldn’t be so quick to break it.

Maintaining your vehicle could do both: save money and keep you safer on the road. All you need to do is follow — and keep following — these important steps from Firestone Complete Auto Care:

•    Keep your engine properly tuned — a vehicle that has a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can decrease gas mileage by as much as 40 percent. And a single misfiring spark plug can cut fuel economy by up to 4 percent.

•    Change the engine oil — use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle, and change it according to your vehicle owner’s manual, usually every three months or 3,000 miles. Prolonged driving without an oil change may cause severe engine damage.

•    Check and replace air filter regularly — air filters keep impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a partially clogged filter improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, it will protect your engine.

•    Maintain your tires — check inflation pressure monthly, make sure your tires are properly balanced, rotate tires according to the maintenance schedule and have the alignment checked at least once a year. Not only can properly inflated tires increase gas mileage up to 3 percent, but they are also safer and last longer.

•    Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, including transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant to make sure they’re properly filled. Have your Firestone Complete Auto Care automotive technician regularly check your vehicle’s brake fluid level and condition.

It’s not too late to promise yourself — and others on the road — this: that you’ll do your part to make sure your vehicle is road-ready. And let this be the year you follow through on your promise!

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