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Major repairs are something most car owners would rather avoid if possible. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your vehicle in great shape so that costly repairs are less likely. Here are a few tips to consider to help keep your car in top condition.

Regular Maintenance

When you think of routine maintenance, oil changes are probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, regular maintenance involves more than just changing your oil at regular intervals. Other things that should not be overlooked include air and cabin filter changes, tire rotations and replacements, battery maintenance, and fluid changes in various components of your car like the transmission, brakes and power steering. More significant maintenance would be an inspection of several parts of your vehicle in a multi-point inspection. This in-depth, preventative inspection includes a look at, but not limited to, the timing belt, hoses, brake pads and rotors.

Tire Alignments

Alignments are one of the most-often overlooked maintenance tasks. However, proper alignment plays an essential role in keeping your vehicle safe and in great running condition.

When your vehicle isn't properly aligned, this puts additional wear and tear on your suspension system. As your ball joints, rocker arms and other components begin to wear, it will then take you longer to stop. Bring your vehicle in for an alignment if you notice pulling to one side or another when braking, vibration in your steering wheel, or uneven tire wear.

Timing Belt Changes

2020 Ford Explorer

Your timing belt synchronizes the functions of your engine. When this belt is old or worn, your motor may not perform quite as well as it should. A timing belt is something many people do not think about until it breaks. Consult your owner's manual for the recommended frequency and then schedule an appointment if you are due for a timing belt change.

Part of ensuring your car is dependable also involves taking care of repairs as soon as possible. If you need routine maintenance or are experiencing car problems, please contact our Ford service department for professional, friendly service.

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