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- Tires are an expensive part of vehicle maintenance. How do you know when to replace them? There are small raised areas between the tread lines known as “wear bars”. Look closely and you will find them at evenly spaced intervals around your tires. To extend the life of your tires, be sure to rotate them every 5,000 miles and be sure to check the tire pressures monthly, the correct pressure is in your owner’s manual.
- A common concern is an issue with “pulling”, a problem where one must constantly steer to the left or the right to combat a tendency of the vehicle to drift to one side or the other. Not only is it annoying, it wastes fuel and increases tread wear. An inexpensive solution is to have your car’s wheel alignment properly adjusted. This simple solution can save you hundreds of dollars in tire wear and fuel economy.
- We’ve all had fluid changes on our cars recommended to us, how do you know if the recommendation is valid? The answer is simple, check your owner’s manual under severe service recommendations. Our climate requires we follow severe service maintenance schedules. If the recommendation is the same as your owner’s manual, you can be sure it is valid. If not, be sure the recommendation is explained well and makes sense before you buy.
- Should I believe the schedules in my owner’s manual? The answer is yes, these are very important maintenance schedules. If you follow them carefully, your investment will be substantially increased. The maintenance schedules are vital to keeping your warranty intact and will help keep your resale value at its maximum. Always remember, any facility can do your routine maintenance to keep your warranty, it does not have to be done at your local dealership.
- A common question asks if it is a requirement to go back to your selling dealership to perform the routine services on your vehicle in order to keep the warranty valid. The answer is no, you can have your favorite company do your routine maintenance; you can even do it yourself. All you have to do is keep receipts and most shops will keep electronic records that can be produced if ever necessary.
- Do you know where your spare tire and all the tools needed to replace a flat tire are located? Many of us do not. That information is located in your owner’s manual and is important for you to know before you are stranded on the side of the road. It is very advantageous to know the particulars ahead of time so you can avoid potentially expensive damage and major headaches in unanticipated circumstances.
- Why should I buy wiper blades in Yuma? Everyone knows that they don’t last and are a waste of money! Well that is, it used to be that way. I highly recommend that you spend the extra money and buy high quality silicone wiper blades. They last for years even in our harsh climate and wipe clean and quietly for years. It’s not the cost that counts, it’s the value you receive!
- Is there a difference in gasoline brands and blends? Yes, there is. Using high quality nationally branded gasoline will keep your fuel economy at its maximum. High quality fuels have cleaning agents that discount fuels may not have and a clean fuel system is an efficient one. Save money and use only the octane gasoline your owner’s manual recommends, there is no increase in fuel economy by using a higher grade of fuel.
- Always keep your fuel tank above one quarter of a tank of fuel. That’s because the fuel acts as a cooling agent for the fuel pump. Fuel pumps are located inside the fuel tank and produce a lot of heat when running. Constantly running with a low fuel level will shorten the life of the fuel pump and fuel pump repairs are very expensive. Save money and add fuel at a quarter tank.
- Are synthetic oils worth the cost? That’s a common question and the answer is “it can be”. Since tire rotation should be done every five thousand miles, the best choice is a synthetic blend that will last the five thousand miles between oil changes. Always be sure to use the oil type specified in your owner’s manual. Some vehicles require only a full synthetic oil so don’t make a very costly mistake by using an incorrect oil.
- For your safety and to save money, be sure to check tire pressures regularly. Low tire pressures are a major cause of blowouts at highway speeds and the increased friction of a low tire robs you of fuel mileage and increases tread wear. Keep a tire gauge in your vehicle so it is available to you at all times. Checking tire pressures once a month is an easy way to ensure safety and save money.
- Take a good hard look at your tire’s tread wear every couple of months. The tread should be wearing evenly across the entire face of the tire. Uneven wear indicates the need for an alignment and it costs you money in two ways. Uneven wear means excessive friction causing loss of fuel mileage and tires are expensive, you want to get the most out of the tread life. Check tire wear when you check tire pressures.
- You can save yourself many hundreds of dollars by always keeping the fuel level above one quarter tank. That’s because the fuel pump in modern vehicles is inside the fuel tank. The fuel acts as a cooling agent and fuel levels below one quarter begin to allow the pump motor to run with excessive heat shortening the life of the fuel pump and also causes the pump to pick up excessive dirt causing extra pump wear.
- Modern engines are designed with much more precision than in the past. This means that using the correct oil is vital to protecting the engine from excessive wear or even complete failure. Use only the oil type specified in your owner’s manual. Be sure to ask your service provider if they are installing oil specific to your engine. It is okay to switch brands, but you must always be sure that the oil meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
- The best thing you can do to get the most out of your vehicle is to actually read the owner’s manual. You will probably find things out about your vehicle you didn’t know. It also contains the correct information on what services are needed and when, so you can be sure you only purchase needed services. Keep in mind that we live in a severe service area so do not use the “normal service” category in your manual.
- Replacing filters are an effective way to keep costs down on your vehicle. Failure to replace fuel filters is a leading cause in expensive fuel pump failures. Cabin air filters are now in most cars and, if you ever saw one that has been neglected, you would be disgusted at what the air you are breathing is flowing through. Clogged air filters rob you of fuel mileage and performance, an expense that is easily avoided.
- You can save a lot of money over time by removing extra weight from your vehicle. Check the trunk and cabin areas. Those golf clubs, that clothing, boxes of stuff you meant to drop off, all of that takes extra fuel to propel down the roadway. You can also save fuel by watching ahead and slowing early without braking as you approach stop lights or signs. Remember, braking means lost fuel, coasting costs much less.
- Ever notice that dash warning lights are generally either red or a yellow color? The color difference is very important. A yellow light is warning you that there is a system failure that is not an immediate threat to the vehicle. A red light means you need to cease driving as soon as possible, even immediately if safety allows. Remember, when the warning lights for air bags or ABS brakes are on, your safety is compromised.
- The most common search we see on the web asks the question, is the 30, 60, or 90 thousand mile service really necessary? The short answer is yes, it is vital in saving you substantial repair costs down the road. For more detailed information of what the services are and why it is so important, visit Yuma Car Care dot com. Remember, by law, any service facility can perform these services and it keeps your warranty valid.
- Proper jump starting procedure is important for your safety. With the engine off, attach the positive cables first beginning with the good battery. Then attach the negative cable to the good battery and the final cable to a good metal ground on the dead vehicle or to the battery. Start the engine with the good battery and run at just above idle for about a minute then try to start the dead one. Reverse the procedure to disconnect.
Russell McCloud wrote this in order to educate the public regarding common issues we face when dealing with our automotive transportation. common maintenance issues, acronyms, how to deal with auto shops, how to protect yourself when buying a used car, how to know when it is time to buy a new car, safety tips like proper jump starting procedures, and a whole lot more.
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