Get the Most from Your Vehicle

Top 10 Ways To Get The Most From Your Vehicle!

At Auto Kruser's we'll make sure your vehicle is in top driving condition to keep you safe as you and your family travel. Be sure to stop in for a cooling system inspection and get your vehicle ready for the season ahead.

Make every driving dollar count with these safety and saving suggestions:

1). Preventative car care can help protect both your safety and the investment made in your vehicle. Find a reliable automobile shop where you are comfortable and have you vehicles serviced regularly.

2). Develop a relationship with your automotive technician. This is extremely important. Your technician is as important to your vehicle’s health as your doctor is to yours.

3). Locate the recommended tire pressures either in your owner’s manual or on the placard on the doorjamb and use a tire pressure gauge at least once a month to check pressure when your tires are cool.

4). Find and use the correct maintenance schedule for your vehicle. This can be found in the owner’s manual or, now, most electronic management systems at your local repair facility can provide this information for you.

5). Monitor and change your engine’s oil and oil filter at the manufacturer’s specified intervals, and be sure to follow the more frequent “severe service” recommendations if your driving habits meet any of the conditions described in the owner’s manual.

6). At least once a month, do a walk-around inspection of your vehicle’s lighting systems. In addition to the basic running lights and side markers, make sure the headlights work on both low- and high-beam and check for proper operation of the brake lights and turn signals.

7). Check your car’s wiper blades periodically and clean them every few weeks with a soft cloth or paper towel dampened with windshield washer fluid. If they’re worn, cracked or rigid, the wipers will not adequately remove the rain, grime and other debris that can easily compromise your vision.

8). Check the coolant level at every oil change. With a cold engine, the radiator should be completely full and the coolant level in the remote reservoir should be at or above the “cold” level marking. Have the system flushed and refilled with fresh coolant at the interval specified in the vehicle owner’s manual. Always top off the system with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water to avoid altering the antifreeze level.

9). Inspect the brake fluid level at every oil change. If the level has fallen below the “low” mark on the fluid reservoir, it usually indicates major brake wear or a leak somewhere in the system; have the brakes inspected as soon as possible.

10). If you hear any change at all in the sound of your vehicle’s exhaust or engine, have the systems inspected immediately. Engine and exhaust sounds are a good indication of how your vehicle is operating.

Source: AAA, March, 2008

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