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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
National Car Care Month
April is a great time to pay a bit more attention to the care you give your car. April is car care month as well. Neglecting car care can mean that down the road there will be higher cost due to extensive repairs or loss in resale value. A few of the top jobs that can be done routinely and spring is great for routine car care include:
Changing your oil is important as it is responsible to keep your engine clean and lubricated. Improperly changing the oil in your car would allow your car engine to combust from debris and friction. Oil is the bloodline of your vehicle and needs to be changed after going so many miles or driving so many months. Oil that is not changed will get dirty and thick. This thick dirty oil can not perform its duties properly. Oil changes should be routinely done about every 3,000 miles or 3 months. It is cheaper to get a schedule oil change than it is to repair or replace your engine.
An easy way to avoid expensive problems is to change fluids in your car regularly. This includes transmission fluid, coolant, brake and power steering fluids. Fluids should be checked and if needed changed or added every couple of months.
Tires may be expensive but they are very much needed. Providing the maintenance that is needed and required will help extend the life of the tires. Rotating and balancing your tires will help ensure even tread wear. Replacing tires prematurely is due to improper care or no care at all. Keeping proper air in your tires helps extend their lives as well as help get the best gas mileage possible.
Washing your car will ensure a longer lasting exterior. The colder winter months where you may have encountered mud, ice, salt, snow or sleet.Wash your car every few weeks will help clear the exterior of debris as well as help keep your car rust free.
During a vehicle's scheduled maintenance the vehicle belts are normally changed. Spring is a great time to check the health of your car belts. I can remember going on car trips with my parents and a fan belt breaking. This sets the trip back for a while so that the car can be fixed. While it never seemed to take long it was time we did not spend on the trip. Cold winter weather often weakens your vehicle belts so have yours checked so your trip will not be interrupted and a tow truck in your future.
These are just a few tips that you can follow to get your car ready for spring. Do yourself a favor check with your local mechanic so that you can have the best spring outings ever.