easier with a new cabin air filter!
If you change
your air filters at home, have you considered your car’s cabin air
filter? Most people don’t think about the filter in your car, but it
helps protect those with allergies from airborne particles. It also
helps keep the interior of your vehicle clean and fresh and it
purifies the air in your passenger compartment by filtering pollen,
dust and other contaminants.
How did your wipers work the last time it rained?
Be clear, be
safe. Check your wiper blades today.
Is your vehicle about to have a stroke?
engine and cooling system are like its heart and arteries! Deposits
can build up, restricting the flow of liquids vital to the life of
your car. Be sure to follow the manufacturers' recommendations on
how often to flush the cooling system to ensure it works properly.
Do you say a little prayer before you pass?
In a passing
situation, you want your engine operating at peak performance.
Whether you accelerate smoothly or sputter and strain past that
truck depends a lot on a clean fuel system. Consider using a fuel
system cleaner to ensure your system is working optimally. There are
typically recommended intervals in your car's maintenance manual.
Tire Pressure Tips
Make sure you check your tire
pressure regularly (including the spare) — at least once per month
and before every long trip — and keep it at the level recommended by
the vehicle manufacturer.
The correct cold inflation
pressure for your tires is listed on the vehicle label on the door
post, fuel door, glove box or in the owners' manual. "Cold inflation
pressure" refers to the pressure in a tire that has not been driven
for at least three hours. As tires warm during driving, it is normal
for pressure to build up. Never reduce air pressure when tires are
The tire pressure listed on
your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve
as notification of the correct pressure.
Under inflation creates
excessive stress and heat, and may lead to tire failure. It is also
important to guard against over inflation, which can cause uneven
wear, plus handling and stopping problems.
Vehicles equipped with Tire
Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) can help motorists detect loss of
inflation pressure. Federal regulations require TPMS to warn drivers
when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles this warning
may be too late to prevent damage caused by under inflation. TPMS
units are NOT a replacement for monthly tire pressure checks with a
Replace your air filter
It’s beneficial to replace
your air filter twice a year. You can often do this yourself, or the
technician were you get your oil changed will often check this for
you as well.
It's a good idea to have your
brakes inspected twice a year just to be sure everything is up to
snuff. This includes checking your brake fluid as well.
Don’t be left stranded!
Corrosion is very likely to
build up during winter weather driving, but hot weather is actually
harder on your battery than the cold. Most auto parts stores will
perform a battery test free of charge.
RECOMMENDED FALL SERVICES
attention should be paid to the tread on your tires, especially for
the gray, rainy days that occur in the fall. Without sufficient
tread depth, your vehicle can’t properly grip the road. Under wet
weather conditions, insufficient tread depth can cause a vehicle to
hydroplane — skim over the surface of the road with little or no
traction, which can lead to a crash. So check your tread. All you
need is a Lincoln penny.
Insert Abe's head into the tread in a couple of spots on each tire.
If you can see the entire top of his head, your tread is less than
one-sixteenth of an inch deep — below the level where you can count
on it in slippery conditions. It should be replaced.
When the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch, tires must be
All tires have "wear bars," which are small, raised bars of rubber
in the groove that indicate when tires are worn out. If your tread
is worn down to the wear bars, it's time for a new tire.
The coolant in
your radiator doesn't last forever. Over time it can break down and
start to corrode the inside of your radiator. This can lead to
cooling problems and radiator repair. A radiator flush once a year
is cheap insurance against radiator repairs.
Check your headlights
don't notice that you have a bulb out. Check your vehicles external
lights frequently to see if you need to replace a bulb. Not only is
it unsafe to drive without proper lights, but you can get a ticket
Belts & Hoses
Have belts and
hoses checked to ensure that belts are not worn and fittings are
Winter Weather Tips
Ensure that the battery is
charged and that contacts are clean.
Check the tire pressure. Cold
weather can reduce tire pressure by 1 psi for every 10 degree drop
Cold weather also makes tire
rubber less pliable, which can cause air leaks. Check your tire
sidewalls for signs of damage or cracking.
If you have a spare tire in
the trunk, check it for damage and pressure as well.
Remember that in winter
weather, stopping is often the hard part, and it's the tires that do
the stopping. So take proper care of them.
Headed up north? Perhaps to
the Rockies for some winter recreation? Keep essential tools on
board. Be sure to leave room in your vehicle for essential winter
items, including: a spare tire, ice scraper, hammer, deicer,
flashlight, small broom, etc. in case of an unexpected need.