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Pressure Points for Tires

At best, a flat tire is a hassle. At worst, a flat tire can be a major hazard. Underinflated and treadworn tires substantially degrade performance, safety and efficiency.

Avoid tire trouble with these easy tips:
  • Check your tire's air pressure twice a month. Check the air pressure every time you get gas.

  • Know your tire's proper air pressure. The information is often found on a placard in the glovebox door, driver's door pillar or the owner's manual.

  • Check the tread of your tire. With every oil change, compare your tire's tread to the tread-wear indicator. Accelerate these checks as the tire ages.

  • Rotate your tires. Rotate longer-wear tires every 6,000-7,500 miles. Regular tire inspection and rotation can be a money- and life-saver.

As with most auto maintenance, a little prevention can go a long way. Take the pressure off you and put it into your tires.

High-Tech Devices Drain Battery

As we place more demands on batteries and electrical systems with anti-theft devices, cell phones and audio systems, it's even more important to pay attention to battery selection and care.

  • Have your battery and charging system inspected yearly. Early detection of a weak component can save time and money.
Before replacing a battery:
  • Check the battery, electrical and vehicle-charging system for problems. Signs of a weak battery are slow engine cranking, dim headlights and illumination of the battery/charging system warning light.

  • Clear corrosion from the battery. Terminal connections and the battery hold-down that secures the battery can be cleaned with a stiff brush and a baking soda and water solution. Rinse the battery with water, but be careful of staining the driveway.

  • Check the electrolyte level if the battery has removable vent caps. The fluid should be above the tops of the plates inside the battery. If fluid is needed, add distilled water, but do not overfill. Most newer batteries are sealed and do not require water replacement.

  • Make sure battery terminal connections are tight. Adjust loose fittings or replace fittings that have cracked.
When jump-starting a car:
  • Take safety precautions. Always wear proper eye protection and gloves when working around batteries. Never smoke or work near an open flame. Hydrogen gas is present and may explode.

  • Check the owner's manual for instructions. Jump-starting can be dangerous. Motorists who are uncertain about battery maintenance should seek help from a certified technician or road service provider.
Selecting a battery:
  • Choose a battery of the same physical size as the original. This will avoid excessive vibration or movement.

  • Never install a battery that is below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended rating




Oil Check-web.JPG Theres the air-conditioning system and the familiar engine cooling system composed of water pump, radiator and liquid coolant. But many motorists might be surprised to learn that oil also plays an important role in keeping their vehicle cool.

Heat that builds up in moving parts is reduced as oil makes its routine journey through the engine. The air passing under the vehicle as it is driven cools the oil in its pan before re-circulation.

When the oil level is low, the remaining oil has to work harder and hotter. Keeping the level at the full mark ensures proper lubrication and better cooling. Low oil levels are a contributing cause of engine overheating that occurs in millions of vehicles each summer.

Inspecting the oil level in a vehicle engine is easy. Simply remove the engines oil dipstick when the engine is off and has not been running for an extended period. Next, check to see if oil is coating the dipstick up to the full level. Oil needs to be added or changed if the oil coating is below this level.

In the more familiar cooling system, the same mixture that prevents freeze-ups in winter will prevent corrosion build-up in the summera major cause of radiator plugging and overheating. The amount of liquid in the cooling system can be checked by inspecting the cooling system overflow bottle. The proper 50-50 mixture of ethylene glycol and water, commonly called antifreeze, can be checked with a simple test device available at auto part stores

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