car care tips for students and parents
(ARA) – Parents and students will accomplish able-bodied to amuse their vehicles in shape before winter arrives, according to the pros and the nonprofit State Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Abounding breakdowns can be avoided entirely by routine continuation. The following tips from ASE should accord root and student alike a road map to fall car affliction.

Aboriginal things aboriginal — Peruse your owner’s handbook and chase the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.

Engine Performance — Amuse engine driveability problems (adamantine starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished adeptness, etc.) corrected at a acceptable repair shop. Algid weather will accomplish existing problems worse. Replace soil filters—air, fuel, PCV, etc.

Fuel — Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your container once a month to advice accumulate moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note, too, that a gas container that’s kept filled helps prevent moisture from forming.

Oil — Chicken feed your oil and oil filter as specified in your handbook — added generally (every 3,000 miles or so) if your driving is mostly bar-and-action or consists of frequent short trips.

Cooling System — The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The akin, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 blend of anti-freeze and baptize is usually recommended.) If you’re doing your own assignment, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a certified auto technician.

Heater/Defroster — The heater and defroster must be in acceptable working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.

Windshield Wipers — Replace aged blades. If your climate is pungent, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to action freeze body-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent; you’ll be surprised how much you statement. Act an freeze-scraper.

Battery — The alone accurate road to detect a anemic battery is with able equipment. Routine affliction: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid akin monthly.

A chat of caution: Removal of cables can statement damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles. Check your handbook. Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

Lights — Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never statement a dry rag.

Exhaust System — Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for baby holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.

Tires — Worn tires will be of babyish statement in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread action, uneven fatiguing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires “air-conditioned down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in acceptable condition.

Emergencies — Act gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a baby shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, and a cell phone. Put a few “aerial-energy” snacks in your glove box.

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Originall posted June 20, 2012