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We all know about the basic maintenance you should be doing, such as getting your oil changed and checking the belts and hoses for wear. But did you know there are other aspects of your vehicle you can easily maintain that will extend the life of your vehicle?

- Spark plugs: The role of the spark plug is to ignite fuel in the cylinders. Spark plugs that arenít working to their full capacity can reduce gas mileage or cause damage to other parts of the vehicle. If you choose to replace your own spark plugs instead of having the shop do it, the cost is less than $10 per spark plug.

- Fuel injectors: Similar to spark plugs, fuel injectors are an important component to the life of your engine and car, particularly if you make a lot of short trips or have many miles on your vehicle. Fuel injector openings are half the size of a pinhole and can become blocked from sediment that gets into your vehicle via the gasoline. Driving with dirty fuel injectors can lead to poor acceleration, lower power, reduced fuel economy, rough idling and high carbon monoxide emissions. An easy way to maintain your fuel injectors is to use a fuel injector cleaner and stabilizer.

- Air filter: How often you change your air filter depends on where you drive. Regular travel in rural areas will require you to change your air filter more often than you would if the majority of your driving is on the highway. Driving with a dirty air filter can cause a pressure drop that restricts airflow, reducing fuel economy, performance and emissions.

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The List

According to BestRide.com, here are the best used SUVs:

10. Hyundai Santa Fe

9. Acura MDX

8. Ford Explorer

7. Honda Pilot

6. Chevrolet Equinox

5. Toyota Highlander

4. Jeep Grand Cherokee

3. BMW X3

2. Ford Edge

1. Chevrolet Tahoe

Did You Know

According to a study by InsuranceQuotes.com, auto insurance is most expensive in March and least expensive in December. The gap between those months is about 48 percent.

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