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Vacation season car care essentials


(NAPSA)-The summer months are notoriously tough on any vehicle as drivers take to the road for extended or weekend getaways. To make sure you’re ready for the summer drive, taking simple maintenance steps will ensure your trip is memorable for all of the right reasons.

Get a Tune Up and Check your AC: A tune up before you leave on a long trip could result in improved fuel economy by 4-12 percent. Auto manufacturers recommend a tune up every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. If your air-conditioning system hasn’t been checked recently, have the technician check the refrigerant charge, compressor belt and compressor clutch.

Maintain your cooling system: Engine coolant can become contaminated, so the system should be flushed and replenished periodically-typically every three years or 36,000 miles. Never check the radiator or coolant when the engine is hot. One product to help reduce engine heat is Royal Purple’s Purple Ice Coolant Additive. This high-performance, synthetic radiator coolant additive fosters optimum coolant flow by helping to prevent formation of scale deposits in the radiator and also lubricates the water pump seals. Learn more at www.coolerradiators.com.

Don’t forget the spare: When checking your tires for correct inflation and even wear, make sure your spare tire is ready to use in case you need to put it into service when you’re on the road.

Change your windshield wipers: Experts suggest changing your blades every six to 12 months. Don’t forget to check and change your rear-window wiper blade, too!

Emergency Road Kit: Having these items could make it easier to get back on the road:
•    First-aid kit that includes aspirin, bandages, gauze, eyewash, moist wipes, antibiotic ointment and burn cream
•    Duct tape can temporarily fix a broken windshield wiper, hold glass together, pick up glass shards, serve as a temporary gas cover and repair a broken hose
•    Brightly colored cloth or “emergency” sign that you can tie or place somewhere on your car to signal for help
•    Cell phone. If you don’t want a regular-use cell phone, there are special 911 units and prepaid cell phones
•    Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and socket wrenches
•    Booster cables to jump a dead or faulty battery
•    Extra fuses
•    Blankets
•    Emergency light or flashlight
•    Bottled water.

For more information, visit www.royalpurple.com.

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Tips on how to keep your engine performing at its best


Tips on how to keep your engine performing at its best
(ARA) – In economic times like these, everyone needs to make the most of their investments, and your personal vehicle is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make.
Danny Lawrence, the assistant chief engine builder and trackside engine department manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, has more than a little experience working with car engines, both in the shop and at home. He notes that by taking extra steps to help keep your car’s engine performing at its best, you can help extend the life of your vehicle.
“Because of my role in building engines at work, it’s embarrassing if something is wrong with one of my cars at home,” says Lawrence. “I probably have way more cars than I should, but I regularly maintain all of them. The key is the engine. I have a Chevy S-10 truck, a four cylinder vehicle with 223,000 miles on it, and it’s still running strong because I take the time to maintain the engine.”
Lawrence points out that many drivers at home lose track of regular maintenance activities, and he recommends keeping a log on your computer, phone, or with notes in your car.
“Transmission maintenance, a lot of people will forget. Most people won’t maintain the belts and fuses on their engines properly,” he says. “Antifreeze, oil changes, changing the air filter—these are all things that make a huge difference. Keeping track of what you are doing for your engine helps you keep on top of maintaining your vehicle.”
By following the instructions in the user’s guide provided by car manufacturers, says Lawrence, drivers can make sure they are doing everything they need to keep their vehicles in top shape.
Using the right motor oil is another key to maintaining an engine.
“Oil is like the lifeblood of the engine,” says Lawrence. “It’s not only used for lubrication. It cools engine parts, dampens valve springs, cools pistons—it serves many purposes. Have you ever put a glove on when you’re hitting a baseball to take the shock away? Oil does that to valve springs.”
He adds that although many people don’t draw the connection, using a high-quality fuel can pay big dividends for a vehicle’s engine.
In particular, using a gasoline that contains a cleaning system to help remove gunky build-up on critical engine parts, such as Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, can make a big difference. The patented Nitrogen Enriched Cleaning System has an active cleaning molecule engineered to seek and destroy performance-robbing carbon deposits, more commonly known as “gunk,” that can be left by lower-quality gasolines. Having gunk build up on critical engine parts, specifically intake valves and fuel injectors, can cause the inefficient mixing of air and fuel necessary for proper combustion. This can rob your engine of performance.
For more information about how the Shell Nitrogen Enriched gasolines work, visit www.passionate-experts.shell.com.
Making sure that you are properly maintaining your engine can help your car last longer, says Lawrence. “Nowadays all cars are made well – how long your vehicle lasts comes down to how you maintain and take care of it.”
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(ARA) – In economic times like these, everyone needs to make the most of their investments, and your personal vehicle is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make.

CAR-Keep-engine-performing1Danny Lawrence, the assistant chief engine builder and trackside engine department manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, has more than a little experience working with car engines, both in the shop and at home. He notes that by taking extra steps to help keep your car’s engine performing at its best, you can help extend the life of your vehicle.

“Because of my role in building engines at work, it’s embarrassing if something is wrong with one of my cars at home,” says Lawrence. “I probably have way more cars than I should, but I regularly maintain all of them. The key is the engine. I have a Chevy S-10 truck, a four cylinder vehicle with 223,000 miles on it, and it’s still running strong because I take the time to maintain the engine.”

CAR-Keep-engine-performing2Lawrence points out that many drivers at home lose track of regular maintenance activities, and he recommends keeping a log on your computer, phone, or with notes in your car.

“Transmission maintenance, a lot of people will forget. Most people won’t maintain the belts and fuses on their engines properly,” he says. “Antifreeze, oil changes, changing the air filter—these are all things that make a huge difference. Keeping track of what you are doing for your engine helps you keep on top of maintaining your vehicle.”

By following the instructions in the user’s guide provided by car manufacturers, says Lawrence, drivers can make sure they are doing everything they need to keep their vehicles in top shape.

Using the right motor oil is another key to maintaining an engine.

“Oil is like the lifeblood of the engine,” says Lawrence. “It’s not only used for lubrication. It cools engine parts, dampens valve springs, cools pistons—it serves many purposes. Have you ever put a glove on when you’re hitting a baseball to take the shock away? Oil does that to valve springs.”

He adds that although many people don’t draw the connection, using a high-quality fuel can pay big dividends for a vehicle’s engine.

In particular, using a gasoline that contains a cleaning system to help remove gunky build-up on critical engine parts, such as Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, can make a big difference. The patented Nitrogen Enriched Cleaning System has an active cleaning molecule engineered to seek and destroy performance-robbing carbon deposits, more commonly known as “gunk,” that can be left by lower-quality gasolines. Having gunk build up on critical engine parts, specifically intake valves and fuel injectors, can cause the inefficient mixing of air and fuel necessary for proper combustion. This can rob your engine of performance.

For more information about how the Shell Nitrogen Enriched gasolines work, visit www.passionate-experts.shell.com.

Making sure that you are properly maintaining your engine can help your car last longer, says Lawrence. “Nowadays all cars are made well – how long your vehicle lasts comes down to how you maintain and take care of it.”

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Fall into good car maintenance habits


CAR-Fall-into-good-car-main(NAPS)—While your vehicle might have cruised through warmer weather, cold weather can set in before you realize the leaves have fallen. It’s important to remember that vehicles need seasonal adjusting—if you don’t want to get caught out in the cold.

“Autumn is a great time for automotive maintenance and repair,” says Jim MacPherson, car care expert and automotive radio host for WTIC-AM in Connecticut. “It gives us time to repair the wear and tear and allows us to prepare for those colder days ahead. Following a simple maintenance checklist will save drivers time and money by extending the life of their vehicle and ensuring safer operation.”

To keep your car in top shape and running smoothly as we transition into cooler months, here are four big tips to keep in mind:

Tires: Good pressure, little wear and rotation

Tires lose pressure every month, and more when the temperatures drop. To maintain proper pressure, check your tires monthly and make sure they’re filled up to their recommended psi rating (which can be found on the driver’s side door paneling, in the owner’s manual or sometimes on the tires themselves).

Drivers should also check the tread on the tires regularly for wear; replace excessively worn tires. If it has been over 5,000 miles since your tires have last been rotated, it is important to do so because there’s a risk of having one tire wear more significantly than the others.

Finally, if you live in a region where the temperature consistently rests around freezing during the winter months, it’s a good time to start looking around for winter tires.

Oil: Switch to synthetic

Lower temperatures can add stress on your engine. To prevent engine wear, change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual. A switch to synthetic oil, if you’re not using it already, will help your car operate more efficiently.

Synthetic motor oils, such as Mobil 1, are specifically designed to protect your engine in wide temperature ranges. For example, Mobil 1’s synthetic 5W-30 flows rapidly to critical engine parts during cold start-ups, provides outstanding wear protection and keeps engines clean and running smoothly.

Cooling system: Flush and refill

The cooling system (radiator) should be checked for leaks and low levels. Additionally, it should be flushed and refilled as recommended in the owner’s manual. When checking, remember to never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.

While coolant may mostly be associated with warmer weather, a vehicle’s coolant (or antifreeze) is equally important in the colder months to make sure the vehicle can withstand the temperatures. A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and distilled water is the usual recommendation.

Full engine tune-up: Systems and fluid levels

If you haven’t had your yearly-recommended basic tune-up, now’s the time to have that done. Cooler weather will only make existing problems worse. A tune-up will correct engine problems such as stalling and diminished power, and will also ensure that fluid levels (for brakes, transmission, windshield washer, etc.) are topped off or replaced if needed.

Following a simple maintenance checklist can help extend the life of your car.

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