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Has your car been feeling left out in the cold?

Your car is a big investment, so it’s wise to give it a little TLC every now and then.

(NAPS)—It’s always there when you need it and it gets you through all sorts of rough weather. So you may want to give your vehicle a little something back. Consider setting aside the time to care for your car by following three simple steps:

• Keep your vehicle clean. Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. If you’ve been driving on salted roads, regular washing is even more important.

• Keep your car on schedule. Every vehicle has a manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Whether you choose to do your own maintenance or patronize a repair shop, following a routine service schedule is essential to keeping your car in safe and dependable working order.

• Keep an eye on the little things. Are your windshield wipers cleaning as well as they should? Is your gas tank missing its cap? Is there a warning light lit on your dashboard? When you see that your car needs attention, don’t delay. Repairing small things now can help avoid more-costly problems down the road and add years of useful vehicle life.

“Many vehicles end up neglected and could use a little extra care to get them ready for driving season,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

“For most Americans, their vehicle is their second-biggest investment and they rely on it every single day to get to work, school and everywhere in be-tween. Taking a little time for car care now can save headaches and money in the long run.”

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 free copy of the council’s “Car Care Guide” or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.


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Seven vehicle maintenance tips

Professional preventative maintenance can help keep your car on the road to safety and savings.

(NAPS)—A good way to drive down the cost of keeping your car is to have a professional check it regularly, at least seven ways:
1.    Check Tires. Tire wear is a good indicator of how the steering and suspension are performing. Excessive edge, center or shoulder wear suggest other maintenance is needed. Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare, as incorrect tire pressure can cause tires to wear prematurely. Tread and sidewall areas should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear and replaced if worn or damaged.
2.    Check Brakes. Pads, shoes, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware and parking brake should be checked. If your brakes squeal, it may be time for replacements.
3.    Check Fluid Levels. Engine oil should be changed or replenished and all vehicle fluids and lubricants checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids can damage your engine.
4.    Check Engine Belts, Ho­ses and Fuel Filter. In today’s vehicles, a single drive belt provides power to many engine accessories and hoses carry vital fluids under high pressure. Prevent a breakdown or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals.
5.    Change Air Filter. The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor airflow to the engine inhibits performance and can mean greater fuel consumption. A new air filter lets clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine for proper performance and longer car life.
6.    Check Battery. Whether for starting up in the morning or running the air-conditioning and other accessories, the battery is critical. Corroded terminals or a bulging or cracked case are signs it’s been subjected to extreme conditions. Each battery has a limited “life” to it. Test yours and replace it if necessary.
7.    Check Wiper Blades. Worn wiper blades can affect your ability to see the road and vehicles in front of you. For greater visibility and smooth operation, Mopar all-season wiper blades are built for the long haul and feature a strong, all-metal superstructure for durable, reliable performance. An innovative wear indicator gradually turns from black to green to yellow as the blades wear. Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.
According to Mopar’s Jim Sassorossi, “Performing preventative maintenance is critical for maintaining the safety and performance of your vehicle. Our technicians have the expertise, tools and factory-backed parts for these vehicles. And they work on them every single day.”
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More information and a complete list of accessories and performance parts are at www.mopar.com.

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