A Little Auto Care Goes A Long Way
North American Precis Syndicate
Prompt and proper maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your car in good shape for a long time. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Performing simple preventative maintenance on your vehicle
will go a long way toward protecting your vehicle investment, say the
“Buying a new car today comes with a hefty price tag when you add up
the down payment, monthly car payments and higher insurance rates. Neglecting
its care can mean even higher costs down the line in the form of more
extensive repairs and lost resale value,” explained Rich White,
executive director of the nonprofit Car Care Council. “By following a
proactive auto care plan, the typical car should deliver at least 200,000
miles of safe, dependable, efficient and enjoyable performance.”
The organization recommends following a vehicle service schedule, keeping
a free copy of its “Car Care Guide” in the glove box, and performing
the most common routine maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle
performing at its best.
Consider this checklist:
• Check all fluids,
including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as
windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
• Check the brake system
annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil
• Check the tires,
including pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel
alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
• Check the hoses and belts
to make sure they’re not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing
signs of excessive wear.
• Check the heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and
cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such
• Check the wipers and
lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and
exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you
can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
“Be sure to fully inspect your vehicle annually, including
performing a tune-up and wheel alignment,” continued White. “If
you ever suspect there is a problem, it’s a good idea to address it
quickly before minor repairs become more complicated, expensive repairs.”
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car
Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of
regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
To order a free copy of the “Car Care Guide,” visit www.carcare.org.
““A new car
comes with a hefty price tag. Neglecting its care can mean even higher costs
down the line in the form of more extensive repairs and lost resale
value,” explained Rich White, executive director of the nonprofit Car
Care Council. http://bit.ly/2umXVUh”
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