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News Release -
Ten Tips for a Springtime-Ready Vehicle
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2006--Springtime is here,
and the first warm weekend of the season traditionally triggers a
symphony of cleaning products, vacuums and garden hoses. But while you
might be in a hurry to put a shine on your vehicle, it's equally
important to make sure it's ready for the warm weather on the inside
as well as the outside.
"The most critical areas to check after the harsh winter months
are engine fluids, radiator hoses, belts, tires and brakes," says Pat
Goss, host of PBS' MotorWeek and Washington Post automotive columnist.
"Adequately preparing these key areas of the car before the weather
warms up will not only keep you safe while driving, they'll help
prevent costly repairs."
After battling months of cold weather, and maybe snow and icy
roads, your vehicle is undoubtedly in need of some serious care. To
make your spring trouble-free, follow this 10-point checklist for
safety, dependability and fuel economy.
- Remove your winter tires and rotate all-season radials -- If
you have winter tires, it's time to store them away. If you
don't have winter tires, it's equally important to have
all-season tires rotated or switched out for new ones.
- Brake check -- After a blistering winter, be sure to check
your brakes. Warning signs include excessive grinding,
squealing, screeching or chatter.
- Wiper blades check - Wipers work hard over the winter months
wiping away dirt and debris on your windshield. Replace them
in the spring before April showers make it difficult to see.
- Clean the underbody -- In addition to washing the exterior, be
sure to spray the underbody of your vehicle and underneath the
rear and front bumpers to rinse away any salt build-up, which
can lead to erosion and rusting. Use a high-pressure sprayer
or garden hose for best results.
- Apply a protectant -- Any vinyl surface, such as the seats and
the steering wheel, is susceptible to cracking, sun damage,
and fading -- so be sure to apply a protectant at the
beginning of the season and touch-up regularly.
- Change your oil -- Give some thought to the kind of motor oil
you have in your engine. Fully synthetic oils, such as Mobil
1, are specifically designed to protect your engine in hot
weather, while optimizing your engine's efficiency and
performance. (For more information about Mobil 1, go to
- Check all fluids -- In the winter months, fluids are easily
depleted as your engine works harder in the colder weather.
Make sure to check, top off or replace all fluids, including
brake, transmission, coolant, power steering and windshield
- Pressure test -- Assess the pressure of the cooling system,
and examine belts and hoses for wear or deterioration.
- Interior clean-up -- Vacuum and be sure to throw away any
unwanted garbage that has hibernated under your seats over the
winter. Now is also the time to store your winter car mats in
- Wash your car -- All vehicles regardless of the finish (clear
coat, acrylic, enamel, etc.) require regular washing
throughout the year. To preserve your car's shine and protect
the surface, wax your vehicle once it has dried completely.
"Spring is here -- so be sure to follow these simple tips to
ensure vehicle dependability in the warm months ahead," says Goss. "By
taking care of your vehicle, it will more likely take care of you. And
it will do it for a lot less money."
For more information on vehicle maintenance visit
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