Yearly Archives: 2016

Home for the Holidays: Is Your Car Up for the Journey?

Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, the Car Care Council reminds you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home. "It's easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that's going to get you there?" said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer." Before leaving home, the Car Care Council recommends a check of the following, often overlooked, items: Tires and Tire Pressure Brakes Hoses and Belts Air Filters Wipers Exterior Interior Lighting Fluid Levels (including engine oil) Windshield Washer Solvent Antifreeze/coolant "A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your ... read more

Changing Temperatures

Changing Temperatures

Winter is around the corner and although your first instinct is to wrap up in a warm blanket by the fire, you really should be thinking about maintaining your vehicle while the cold weather is upon us. Without the heating systems in today's modern vehicles, we would all be miserable driving to our destinations. We take for granted the heat in our vehicle that keeps us warm in the winter months. Without proper protection and maintenance our vehicles would not be able to protect us from that cold weather. Here are some important facts to keep in mind: Of the upmost importance in the winter months is your radiator. It helps the engine stay at proper temperature, regardless of the temperature outside. Always make sure the condition of your vehicles coolant is up to standard and filled to the proper level, if not it can cause your engine to freeze during the worst of dipping temperatures. Vehicle batteries can have trouble during extreme temperatures. Check the batter ... read more