Thursday, January 5, 2017

Car Care Tips

Car Care Starts With You
For proper vehicle maintenance, make sure you are always aware of any problems or changes in your vehicle’s appearance and performance.

Start Your Vehicle And Get Moving
The faster you get the engine up to its proper operating temperature, the better.

Choose Car Soap Designed For Clearcoat Paint Finishes
The presence of abrasives could weaken the clearcoat and dull the finish. Dishwashing detergent can be hazardous to your vehicle’s finish. Car soaps made for today’s clearcoat finishes are available at auto parts stores, grocery stores or drug store chains.

Eliminate Roll Shifting
Always come to a complete stop before shifting from Drive into Reverse, or vice versa.

Don’t Ride The Clutch
If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, improperly releasing the clutch pedal, pushing it too far or not far enough, or riding it at the point of engagement can damage parts. Strive for smooth, seamless shifting.

Fill Your Tank
Allowing your gas tank to run dry or be consistently low can lead to problems. Fuel pumped from a relatively dry tank may carry oxygen, moisture and deposits into the fuel line, and this could damage the fuel filter or fuel pump. It’s best to fill your tank any time it’s less than one-third full.

Beware Of Additives
Mixing additives into oil, transmission fluid or gasoline may upset the chemical balances that already exist in these fluids. Stay away from additional additives unless recommended by your service consultant.

Don’t Forget To Release The Parking Brake
Make sure to use your parking brake when parked on hills. But to prevent any damage to your brake system, make sure the parking brake is fully released and the warning light is off before driving.

Follow Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Schedule
It’s best to change your oil, filters and spark plugs and to conduct other vehicle maintenance as outlined in your Owner’s Manual.

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