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Be ‘Car Care Aware’ is an education campaign that provides the information you need to make knowledgeable decisions on regular vehicle care. Is regular vehicle maintenance low on your priority list? Investing in regular car service and car repairs is an investment in keeping your car or truck safe and reliable in addition to saving you money and protecting the environment.
How to Become Car Care Aware with These Easy Steps
Vehicle care, when done at regular intervals, can not only preserve the life of your vehicle but it can also help consumers to conserve energy, improve the safety on our roads and highways and help the environment. To become car care aware, consider becoming more educated about what you can do to contribute to better vehicle care AND better environmental awareness:
- Replace your cabin air filter. Do you commute to work? Or, are you in your car as much as someone who does? Air quality is important. The cabin air filter is charged with cleaning the air entering the passenger area. A good cabin air filter prevents dirt, pollen, dust and exhaust fumes from entering the inside of the car. Replace the cabin air filter at suggested intervals to ensure air you and your passengers are breathing is healthy.
- Check the health of vehicle safety systems. Vehicle care can help ensure that you are safe while you drive. Consider the state of your wipers, mirrors, lights and brakes. Don’t head out on the road if not all lights are properly functioning and if mirrors aren’t clean. Keep your vision clear out of your windshield by replacing wiper blades that are cracked, chattering or streaking. Stop-and-go traffic takes a toll on a vehicle’s braking system. Brakes are one of your car’s most important systems–get them checked regularly.
- Clear out the clutter. Keep vehicle floors free of debris that could mess with your foot pedals; wash your car regularly to safeguard the paint, minimize rust and corrosion; and clean windows to help with visibility.
- Change your oil at recommended intervals. One of the simplest maintenance steps to increase the lifespan of your vehicle making sure the proper amount of oil is in the engine. (Oil and filter should be changed at the intervals suggested in the owner’s manual.)
- Rotate your tires: Tires aren’t cheap so invest in them for better vehicle care. Your car’s owner’s manual will recommend when the tires should be rotated and alignment checked. Also ensure the proper air pressure exists to get more miles out of each tire. Check the sticker on the driver’s door frame for a list of the tire pressure for the front and rear tires.
- Check your fluid levels. There are several areas of your car that rely on the level of certain fluids to perform safely. For optimum vehicle care, check the levels of: power steering fluid, transmission steering fluid, and brake fluid, Kelley Blue Book said.
- Avoid racing your car’s engine during start-up. Do this and add years of wear to your engine–especially during the colder months.
- Be picky about your gasoline. Do you know if the gas station you frequent filters their gas (and changes the pump filters regularly?) Make sure they do or find a new place to buy your gasoline. The life of your engine depends on it.
- Lighten up your key ring. Reader’s Digest has the following tip for saving your car’s ignition–take some of the keys off your keychain. “The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.To add years of service to your ignition switch, purchase a lightweight keychain that allows you to separate your ignition key from the others. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.”
In conjunction with your goals for safer and better driving this year, call Scott’s Fort Collins Auto today at (970) 682-4202, to make sure your car is safe and ready to hit the road.