Regular Maintenance checks are Good for Your's Car's Health
family automobile is a sophisticated, computer-controlled machine
that requires less care and is more dependable than its predecessors.
But to keep your car running efficiently, regularly scheduled
maintenance is key to reliable performance and can mean savings
down the road. Without regular maintenance, you can shorten the
life of your vehicle and void its warranty.
AutoCare Centers recommend a five-point preventive maintenance
program to keep your car running smoothly:
Oil Change — Unless your driving is mostly highway miles,
today's engines will run better and last longer with clean oil
every 3,000 miles or three months, including a filter change.
A $30 oil change can save you from costly engine repairs later.
Brakes — An unusual noise or a gentle tug on the steering wheel when
stopping are common warning signs that it's time to check the
brakes. A good rule of thumb is to check the brakes at the 6,000-
to 7,500-mile mark when tires should be rotated.
System — Thoroughly flush coolant systems and replace with
the appropriate antifreeze at least every two years to minimize
metal deterioration and to keep the system flowing. And be sure
to use the correct water to coolant mix. Check the coolant reservoir
monthly (and the windshield washer reservoir, too) and top off
Battery — As part of your car's regular maintenance, ask your technician
to make sure the battery cover is in place and the battery is
firmly anchored. Most important, clean the battery of corrosion,
especially the electrical posts.
Light — An illuminated check-engine light on your dashboard
is your car's early warning system that something is wrong.
It could be as simple as a loose gas cap or spark plug wire,
or a serious forewarning of a mechanical failure. Take your
car to an ASE-certified technician as soon as possible to diagnose
and fix the problem.
can find ASE-Certified technicians who are trained to perform
scheduled maintenance on many makes and models at more than 12,000
NAPA AutoCare Centers nationwide. They install quality NAPA parts
and their work is backed by a 12-month/12,000 mile "Peace
of Mind" warranty - all while keeping your vehicle's warranty
intact. Call 1-800-LET-NAPA to find the NAPA AutoCare Center nearest
you, or visit www.NAPAonline.com.