A Resolution You Should Keep: Be Car Care Aware
Why not resolve to be car care aware in the coming year? By spending a little time now on preventive maintenance, drivers can save a lot of headaches in the long run and make for a great year on the road, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
“Regular auto care shouldn’t be one of those New Year’s resolutions that goes by the wayside,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Preventative vehicle maintenance pays off all year, every year.”
To be car care aware, the council recommends incorporating the following service interval schedule items as part of your New Year’s resolution:
- Perform monthly checks of tire pressure and the condition of tires, lights and windshield washer fluid. The vehicle should also be cleaned monthly.
- Every three months or per the owner’s manual, check the engine oil and filter, check the levels of other fluids including automatic transmission, power steering and brake, and check the battery and cables, belts and hoses. The exhaust and fuel filter should also be checked at this interval.
- Every six months or 6,000 miles, the chassis lubrication should be checked and windshield wipers should be replaced.
- Every 12 months or 12,000 miles, the brakes, spark plugs, coolant and steering and suspension should be checked.
The Car Care Council website features an online custom service schedule and email reminder service that is available free of charge and can be personalized by motorists to help make vehicle ownership more enjoyable, economical and convenient. There is also a general service schedulethat vehicle owners may choose to follow. Drivers should also consult their owner’s manual for specific recommendations by the carmaker.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.