Can We Guess How Long Your Car Will Last Based on Your Maintenance Skills?

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Ian Fortey

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You know that little sticker in the corner of your windshield? The one with the numbers written on it? If you don't know what that is, then that's a problem right there. There are lots of tips and reminders around your car that let you know when maintenance needs to be done. You've got the sticker from the last time you were at the garage, the warning lights that pop up on your dash and, of course, your owner's manual, which spells out pretty clearly exactly when and how you need to maintain your car. 

In an ideal world, everyone would memorize that manual and keep their car in tip-top condition all the time. But that doesn't happen, does it? Sometimes we forget things. Sometimes we can't afford things. Sometimes we just don't care, because if everything seems to be going fine why bother taking it to a mechanic to tinker around with something that isn't broken? All of those approaches are going to affect the lifespan of your vehicle eventually. If you want to know how much time your car has left, tell us a bit about your maintenance habits and we'll let you know just when that car is going to drive its last mile.

How would you check to see if your tires are wearing a little thin?

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When do you typically wash your car?

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Have you ever had your car detailed?

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Do you own a car vacuum?

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Do you know what kind of oil your car takes?

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Let's say you got a flat. Before you bust out the jack and raise your car, what's a good thing to do?

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Have you ever actually changed a tire before?

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What kind of fuel do you put in your car?

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How often do you replace your engine air filter?

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Do you know when your oil filter was last replaced?

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You need to keep those tires properly aligned. When's a good time to do that?

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What are you going to check when your electrical systems are working poorly and you smell burnt plastic?

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What's a good sign you might need your battery replaced?

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How often do you clean the windows inside your car?

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What happens when your check engine light comes on?

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Do you know where to look on a tire to determine its width?

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Have you ever washed your engine?

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Motor oil will be labeled something like 5W-30. Do you know what that W means?

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How many miles are in a set of tires, give or take?

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What color should your brake fluid be?

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You have purple washer fluid in your car but you need to top it up. Can you pour in some green stuff?

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What's a good mix for coolant and water in your radiator?

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Do you eat in your car?

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If you had a flat and put a donut on, how far could you drive with it?

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When do you rotate your tires?

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You've gone 5,000 miles without an oil change but the color still looks good. Will you change it?

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Do you ever buy fuel injector cleaner?

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Do you know how to check your own oil?

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Do you know what the proper air pressure is for your tires?

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When are you going to flush the coolant from your radiator?

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