Tuesday, June 07, 2005

PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE!

An Extended Warranty will give us "peace of mind" for those expensive repairs, but with summer trips just around the corner what else should be done before packing up the car for our trip?
Check tire pressure and look for signs of uneven wear or embedded objects that can cause air leaks. Always check tire pressure whenever there is a sharp change in temperature.
Check around the car and under the engine for fluid leaks. You can often identify the type of fluid that is leaking by it's color. Oil is black, coolant is bright greenish yellow, automatic transmission fluid is pink, and power steering and brake fluid is clear, with a slight brown tinge. All of these fluids are oily to the touch.
Check fluid levels, including engine oil, engine coolant level, transmission fluid and power steering fluid, according to the instructions in the owners manual.
Check under the hood for cracked or split spark plug wires, cracked radiator hoses or loose clamps and corrosion around the battery terminals.
Check for problems with the brakes. On a straight, flat and traffic-free stretch of road, rest your hands lightly on the steering wheel and apply the brakes gradually. If the vehicle swerves to one side, one of the brake linings may be worn more than the other, or the brakes may need adjustment.
Use a similar test to check for problems with wheel alignment. On a straight, flat and traffic-free stretch of road, rest your hands lightly on the steering wheel and drive at an even speed. If the vehicle pulls to one side, the wheels may be misaligned.
Have a safe, and trouble free summer!

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