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Celebrate National Car Care Month With These Easy Tips

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In case you didn’t know, April is National Car Care Month. And what better way to celebrate National Car Care Month than by giving your car a little extra care. Giving your car that extra attention now allows you to make sure it’s ready before your summer road trips begin.

Not sure what you can do? Take care of your car with these tips:

Maintain your Car’s Cooling System

The cooling system is not just your radiator and coolant levels. It is also the fan, thermostat and water pump. Regular maintenance of your coolant system is important for your engine to run properly as the coolant is what draws the heat off the engine and aids in preventing your car from overheating along with all of the other components. You need to flush your system and replace your coolant at specific intervals, refer to your owner’s manual for more info.  For routine maintenance check your coolant levels to ensure they are full.

Change Your Oil

This should be done more frequently than just every April. How often you need to change your oil really depends on your driving habits. Old recommendations had oil changes every 3,000 miles, but engines today have been developed to go longer without the oil change. If you only do mild driving, which consists of open roads, no traffic, steady speeds, and minimal braking, you can go longer between oil changes. Oil needs to be changed more often if you deal with stop and go traffic, cold temperatures, a lot of idling, dusty road conditions, and a lot of short trips.

Clean Your Battery Terminals

More often than not people don’t give their battery terminals any kind of thought until something goes wrong. Your battery terminals are what allow your battery to power your car’s electrical components. If they become worn out or corroded it can cause problems with the way your car runs. Your local Auto Service Center can easily clean these out for you.

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