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Maximise the life of your vehicle

Saturday, August 12, 2017

YOU'LL probably notice that cars are controlled by on-board computers, complicated ignition and fuel injection systems.

Here are some helpful tips by website to maximise the life of your car or truck.

* Quick starts use more fuel than smooth, steady acceleration. Adjust your style and you'll save gas.

* Dirty air filters can cause your engine to run at less than peak efficiency. It's easy to spot a dirty air filter, and the replacement cost is minimal.

* If there is an external cooling system leak, tighten, repair or replace leaking parts. A pressure test can determine if and where a leak exists.

* Tune up an engine that is not running perfectly and it will help start your car during the winter. Have any problems diagnosed and repaired before the onset of colder weather.

* Check your car's heating system. Carefully check the radiator for leaks and debris. Also, check the radiator and heater hoses, and replace any that are worn, cracked, brittle or mushy.

* Take time to locate your fuse box, and have a slit handy of the circuits each fuse protects. Make sure you have spare fuses for all amperage ratings.

* Oil is our car's lifeblood, and winter is especially hard on your engine oil. Make sure you change your oil and use the correct weight for you car and climate. This will aid in starting.

* Tune up an engine that is not running perfectly and it will help start your car. Have any problems diagnosed and repaired.

* Check and top off fluid levels in your transmission, master cylinder, clutch cylinder and washer solvent reservoir. Give the oil a quick check, change it and install a filter according to the manufacturer's recommended interval.

* Gas treatment may boost the cleaning performance of your gasoline. A complete fuel system cleaning can help restore peak engine performance.

* A complete fuel system cleaning can help remove deposits throughout the entire fuel system including fuel injectors, intake valves and combustion chambers.

* Do your brakes feel as sure as they did when they were new? Brakes should be inspected at least twice a year. The best times are just before summer and winter to prevent problems in extreme temperatures. Pep Boys provides free brake inspections.

* Oil additives work to protect your car's engine. A quality oil treatment helps to protect against engine wear and reduces oil consumption.

* Engine coolant protects a vehicle's cooling system from temperature extremes and helps prevent the radiator form overheating during hot weather, or from freezing during cold weather.

* Check your automatic transmission fluid. It protects against transmission breakdown and contains additives that prevent corrosion system wear and oxidation.

* Engine oil should always be change according to manufacturer's recommended intervals. Understand what "Severe Service" means. Your intervals could be shorter.

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