Car Care Guidelines

According to recent research studies, 5% of all automobile casualties are plainly triggered by overlooked automobile maintenance.

Keeping an eye on the following car care elements will help keep you from becoming a statistic.

  • The cooling system needs to be totally flushed and refilled about every two years. The level of coolant must be examined, as well as its condition and concentration. A mix of anti-freeze and water is typically recommended, at a 50/50 ratio.
  • Never take off the radiator cap till the engine has completely cooled; failing to do so exposes you to the danger of spontaneous release of high temperature steam which can cause severe burns.
  • A licensed technician should inspect the tightness and condition of drive clamps, belts and tubes regularly. Do a visual inspection of the engine’s belts routinely. Search for cracks or missing sections and consult a technician if you see a problem. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your owner manual (typically every 3000 miles).  If you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of travel luggage or tow a trailer, then you should consider changing it more frequently.
  • Likewise, other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) should also be replaced as recommended, more often if you’re driving in dusty conditions. Get engine issues such as tough stops, rough idling, stalling, decreased power, etc. corrected as soon as possible at a certified service location.
  • An obscured windshield can bring on eye fatigue and pose a possible hazard. Replace distressed blades and keep the windshield washer solvent fresh and full.
  • Your tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles. Tire pressures should be monitored at least once monthly, ensuring they are kept at the proscribed pressure according to your owner’s manual. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper levels will also ensure fuel efficiency.  Under-inflated tires make your engine work harder, therefore using more fuel than should be required. Remember your spare and make certain your jack is in peak condition.
  • Consult your owner’s manual to discover what fuel octane rating is appropriate for your vehicle’s engine and ensure that’s what you’re using.
  • Much heavier vehicles utilize more fuel, so clean out any unnecessary weight to maintain fuel efficiency.
  • Utilize the air conditioning only when absolutely necessary. The A/C system puts strain on the engine, requiring more fuel.
  • Don’t drive with your windows open, especially on the highway. At highway speeds, open windows cause aerodynamic drag for a decline of approximately 10% in fuel economy.
  • Avoid extended periods of idling. Shut off the vehicle if you feel you’ll be stopped for beyond one minute. Contrary to common belief, restarting the utilizes less fuel than letting it continue to idle.
  • Observe posted speed limits. The higher your speed, the more fuel is used.  For instance, traveling at 75 mph instead of 65 mph uses 20% more fuel.
  • Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to ensure rust, dirt and other impurities are prevented from contaminating the fuel system.
  • Refresh the transmission filter and fluid every 15,000 to 18,000 miles to protect the precision-crafted parts of the transmission/transaxle.
  • Check the suspension system regularly to extend the life of the car’s tires.

Selecting New Wiper Blades to your Automobile

Investing less for New Wiper Blades

When, as part of your car care regimen, you decide to change your wiper blades, it works in your favor to shop around. For an extensive range of front and rear wiper blades, offered with following day shipment, read the Autobulbs Direct internet website.  You can save quite a bit by changing them yourself; it’s a five-minute job that doesn’t even require tools.

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

Even with all the advancement in vehicle innovation, our accessory power still depends upon old-fashioned lead-acid car and truck batteries. Instead of waiting for that mysterious black box to die at some inopportune time, there are some logical steps that we can make part of our car care plan to ensure they reach their anticipated expiration date.

  • Familiarize yourself with your car battery. Learn when it was made and how long it’s expected to last. Roughly five years is typical, however numerous elements can reduce that. Be aware of this if you begin to see indications of challenges, like sluggish starting, or dim lights. If it is fairly new, it may just need a charge; but if it’s approaching the expiration date, you may need to consider replacement relatively quickly.
  • Be conscious of your lights. Be sure headlights and interior lights are off when you exit the vehicle. Leaving them on overnight will severely deplete your battery.
  • When the engine is off, you’ll want to keep accessory use to a minimum. The alternator keeps the battery charging when the motor is running, but not when it’s off; using cabin accessories can deplete your power quickly. An armed security system is another unnecessary continuous drain. Arm the system when parking away from home, but it’s most likely not required when parked in your own garage.
  • Monitor your battery’s operation. The most obvious indication of potential battery issues is slow “cranking.” This doesn’t always show you immediately require a car battery replacement. You should be able to charge it. You shouldn’t leave your battery in a diminished state for an extended period. They should be kept near complete charge to prevent “sulfated plates.” As soon as you recognize there may be a challenge, either take about a 30-minute drive to allow the alternator to recharge the battery, or have a licensed technician check and charge the battery. Beyond that, any further issues might suggest a need for a vehicle battery replacement.
  • Disconnect the battery if your vehicle will be parked long-term. Even if the security system isn’t equipped, a small amount of current will continue to flow. Disconnecting the battery will give your battery a rest too. If disconnecting the negative cable (usually marked by a huge minus symbol), which will dismiss any electronic settings currently in place, is too inconvenient, there is another option. You may purchase an automatic battery charger and connect it while you’re away, which will keep the charge and keep all your settings too.

In Summary

Your car can have a long life and offer years of worry-free service if you follow these simple car care guidelines.  Be observant and get to know your vehicle’s personal quirks.  A bit of diligence, monitoring tire pressure and the condition of belts and hoses, ensuring fluid levels are optimal, will go a long way toward making sure your car lasts a long time and doesn’t ever leave you stranded on the side of the road.  Establish a car care regimen and follow it closely.  Develop a relationship with a local licensed technician as a trusted source when you need a consult regarding any issues you may have and of course a reliable source for repairs you may need in the future.  Nash’s Automotive offers reliable, professional service from ASE Certified technicians.  Come see us today!

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