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CAR Maintenence 101

Preventive Maintenance

Routines may be a little boring, but when it comes to your vehicle, wouldn't you rather avoid surprises? Routine maintenance will help keep your car or truck running right. To extend the life of your vehicle, have your oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles, make sure your antifreeze is flushed and filled, your shocks and struts should be changed every 50,000 miles, and your battery and fluid levels should be checked every month. There is no better peace of mind than knowing your car or truck has been properly maintained. Certified Auto Repair centers will help prepare your vehicle for its next 100,000 miles - and beyond.

Seasonal Maintenance tips

Finding and fixing a problem before it turns into a major issue can help you save time and money. Every change of season, Check under the hood.

Winter

- Cold temperatures push vehicle performance, making maintenance more important.

Spring

- Check the level, condition & concentration of the coolant as the weather warms up.

Summer

- Heat can be extremely damaging to your car's operation.  Batteries, hoses, belts & tires are the most vulnerable to summer heat.

Fall

- When the leaves change so should your tires. Don't forget to check your spare tire and be sure the jack is in good condition.

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well - today and down the road - is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto 'basics'. A recent survey by the Car Care Council found:

  • 38 percent of cars had low or dirty engine oil
  • 54 percent had low tire pressure
  • 28 percent had inadequate cooling protection
  • 19 percent needed new belts
  • 16 percent had dirty air filters
  • 10 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid

For your convenience, the Car Care Council developed a Service Interval Schedule to help you keep track of regular maintenance.

For more auto repair information, go to www.carcare.org