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Car Care Tips

Take Care of Your Engine

  • Take Care of the Basics
    Replacing spark plugs, timing belts, hoses and filters at proper intervals require attention from a mechanic who is well-qualified with the latest service bay tools and technology.
  • Cars Aren't What They used to Be
    Today's engine requires more than just a traditional tune-up. Bring your vehicle to technicians who can bring a high-tech approach to your sophisticated systems and onboard computers.
  • Inspect the Air Filters
    The air filter helps remove debris from the air entering the combustion chamber of the engine. Your air filter can become dirty and clogged too. Inspect and replace your air filter at regular intervals to avoid problems.
  • Watch the Dirt
    If you drive on dirt roads or do a lot of stop-and-go driving, you should check your air filter more frequently

Remember the Oil Change
Consult your owner's manual when deciding what oil viscosity to put in your vehicle. The make and model of your vehicle and conditions under which you drive will help determine the motor oil you use.

  • Remember the Oil Change
    Regular oil changes are one of the best ways to prolong engine life. Follow your owner's manual regarding oil and filter change intervals.
  • Short Trips, More change
    Be more cognizant of regular oil changes if you take frequent short trips, do a lot of stop-and-go driving, drive in harsh climates, or drive a high-mileage car.

All Fuels Are Not the Same

  • Make the Grade
    Consult your vehicle's owner's manual when deciding what octane number grade of gasoline to put in your vehicle. Some recommend or require a higher octane number grade, but most don't.
  • Gasoline Is Not Gasoline
    While all gasolines contain deposit control additives, some are clearly more effective than others. Inferior fuel can leave deposits which can cause your engine to knock, lose power, lower a car's fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.

Brakes Are Works of Friction

  • Works of Friction
    Both disc and drum brakes slow your car by creating friction, which also causes brake parts like pads and shoes to wear. Ignoring your brakes can cause damage to rotors, drums and calipers - and ultimately result in brake failure.
  • Heed the Warnings
    When braking, if you notice a flashing brake warning light, hear squealing or grinding noises, feel the steering wheel shake or sense the need for an increased stopping distance, it's very likely time for a brake service

Feel the Tire Pressure

  • Tread on Me
    Incorrect pressure or worn tread can compromise fuel economy, cornering, braking and stability. When pressure is too high, your car can deliver a jarring experience; when pressure is too low, tires can overheat and wear prematurely.
  • Feel the Pressure
    Check the pressure regularly, with a gauge, on all four tires, preferably when the tires are cold.
  • Get it Right
    Remember that the pressure listed on the tire is the maximum allowable air pressure. The recommended pressure is usually lower, so check your owner's manual for the recommended pressure.
  • Defensive Rotation
    To get more miles out of your tires, rotate them for even wear according to the rotation configuration recommended by the vehichle's manufacturer.

Know Your Transmission

  • Know Your Transmission
    Different and specifically prescribed transmission fluids are used for automatic and manual transmissions and among the different transimissions offered by vehicle manufacturers.
  • Show Your Trannie You Care
    Transmission fluid degrades over time. Checking levels and having the fluid and filter changed can prevent damage that could shorten your transmission's life. Service intervals for transmission fluid vary widely, so check your owner's manual.

Keep Your Car Cool

  • Keep it Cool
    Coolant, or antifreeze, absorbs heat from the engine and helps prevent corrosion from clogging up the cooling system. Check its level periodically and have it changed as recommended by your owner's manual.
  • Hot or Cold
    Most cars have a plastic refill container which makes adding coolant easier. The level should be at the "maximum" line when the engine is hot, and lower when it's cold.

Drive Lightly at Night

  • Beware of the Dark
    Reduced visibility because of darkness requires that drivers take extra care. Keep your headlights clean and properly aligned for maximum efficiency.
  • As Far as the Eye Can See
    Don't overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop within the distance that you can clearly see on the road ahead.
  • Go Lightly
    Switching your rear view mirror to night mode can help improve visibility and judgment at night. Keep your interior convenience lights dimmed or off. Never stare into oncoming high beams.

Turn for the Better

  • Check and Double Check
    What you do before turning is as important as turning itself. Check traffic in all directions, including your blind spots. Signal clearly, slow down smoothly and, if stopping, keep your front wheels aimed straight ahead.
  • Turn for the Better
    As you approach a curve, check traffic thoroughly and slow down to a safe speed so further braking or shifting is not required. Accelerate smoothly when you are halfway through.

Check and Double Check

  • Be on the Lookout
    Constantly search, evaluate and manage the space around you. Keep your eyes moving, and don't lock your gaze onto an object.
  • Be Aware
    Look far down the road, not directly in front of you, and check your mirrors frequently. Be aware of all objects and potential obstacles.
  • Get Noticed
    Make sure other drivers see you by staying out of other cars' blind spots, avoiding sudden lane changes, and by anticipating other drivers' actions. Remember to use your turn signal when turning or changing lanes.