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Getting Your Car Ready For
by: Simon Harris
seem to make sure our cars are ready for the winter, right?
But what about during the summer? Believe it or not, the heat takes its
toll on your car, too, so it’s important to keep your car serviced.
Periodic maintenance on your car will save you tremendous hassle in the
long run. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale
price, too! I made it a point to get my car serviced according to the
dealer’s schedule, and when I traded it in, I got far more than I
expected due to the stellar condition of the engine.
Now I know this isn’t bedtime reading, but the owner’s manual can be
your best friend – assuming you read it! At least take a look-through
periodically. How about while you’re waiting to get your oil changed?
Follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules. This could
save you a major breakdown.
Have the air conditioning system looked over by a qualified technician.
A check up here can save you a huge bill later.
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Prevent this
problem by making sure the cooling system is flushed and refilled as
Have your car’s belts, clamps, and hoses checked by a technician. This
only takes a few minutes and is usually inexpensive.
Change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or four times a year.
Replace air and fuel filters as recommended.
Get plenty of windshield washer solvent – we have a tendency to use a
lot of this in the winter, so your fluids may be low.
Tires should be rotated every 5000 miles or so.
Check the spare tire to make sure it’s inflated properly. Also, make
sure you have a jack along with it!
Transmission troubles equal money troubles equal emotional troubles!
Have your transmission serviced periodically, and prevent big-time
If you notice that your brakes are less efficient, get them checked out
Have your battery checked periodically to see how much life it has
Inspect all lights and bulbs to make sure they’re working.
Carry a first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a cell
There you go – a simple list to keep your car in great running shape.
Remember, your car needs to be maintained and checked over even in the
Taking care of your car takes only a few minutes each month, and pays
you big dividends for the life of your vehicle!
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