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posted by usagi on March 6, 2014
If you don't have anything to write down your odometer, you can "call" the odometer reading on your phone. It will stay in the call log.
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posted by CarSpending on October 1, 2013
Frequently changing the oil and air/oil filters ensures the optimal work of the engine, prolonging it's lifespan significantly. It also has an impact on fuel economy, reducing the internal friction of the engine.

Regarding the oil type (mineral, semi-synthetic or fully-synthetic), as well as it's viscosity, always trust the recommendations of the manufacturer. Usually there are also minimum recommendations of the motor oil standards it should cover to be suitable for your vehicle. As for the interval frequency - no matter that most manufacturers recommend change intervals 10 000 km (6000 mi) or 12 months, you should know that this is under ideal conditions. If the vehicle is often driven on short distances, in cold weather, heavy traffic or more aggressive than normal, changes of 5000km (3000 mi) are quite more reasonable.

On the other hand, many manufacturers advise using the so called fully-synthetic "Long-Life" oils, which have change intervals of up to 30 000km (20 000mi). This usually is done as a marketing trick to make the customer believe that his car needs cheaper, less frequent maintenance. But independed labratory tests show that usually it's the case that those oils stop covering their minimum specifications as soon as the vehicle has been driven for 10 000km (6000 miles) or even less.

So, in case you intend to drive your vehicle long and seamlessly, service it frequently, using the repair shop visits as opportunity to get a full diagnostic on every aspect of it's condition and fix small issues from early on.
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posted by BMW_POWER on August 5, 2013
Sooner or later, happens to everyone to land on a big multi-level parking. When your car is parked on one of the hundreds or even thousands spots, it's not always easy to find it later. Take a picture of it with your phone - it will save you time and trouble trying to find it.
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posted by airjohn on July 21, 2013
The frequent change of the air filter has major impact on its performance. It affects the fuel consumption, could lead to MAF sensor problems, irregular engine RPM at idle, higher emissions amongst others.

Most manufacturers recommend air filter change with the oil at 10-20k km (6-12k miles) intervals but if you frequently drive on short distances and in more dusty areas, changes at 5-8k km (3-5k miles) will have quite noticable positive effect.
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posted by nakakuv on July 11, 2013
If you have control over the gears, always use the engine to brake instead of the actual brakes. This way you both save fuel (modern cars do not spend any gasoline when the gas pedal is not pressed and the car is not idling) and extend the brake pads and disks lifespan. When you want to stop at red light, just decrease the speed by lowering gears from early on!
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posted by penev75 on March 11, 2013
Take your invoice. It has all the necessary data - fuel quantity, price and date. The only thing missing is the odometer but you can write it on it before leaving the filling station.
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posted by CarSpending on February 11, 2013
In case your phone has a camera, you can use it to take a picture of the pump before pulling out of the fueling station. Also you can take a picture of the odometer ot trip distance of your car dashboard. This is another trick with which you can avoid having to remember any data prior to entering it at CarSpending.
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posted by CarSpending on February 11, 2013
Practically all receipts from cash registers today are printed on so called "thermal paper" so you can write on it using almost any object, including your nail. In case you have no pen, you can use this trick to write down the distance passed or the odometer of your vehicle when you are at the gas station. This way you don't have to remember anything prior to entering it at CarSpending.
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posted by CarSpending on January 26, 2013
If you keep your tires properly inflated you can both reduce the fuel consumption of your vehicle and increase the tires lifespan.

Underinflated tire will wear faster in the shoulder part of the tread pattern and decreased fuel economy due to higher rolling resistence. Overinflated tires will wear faster in the center of the tread pattern and are more prone to demage from potholes or debris.
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