Next to their homes, most Americans’ largest financial investment is their vehicle, so helping it stay in good working order for as long as possible should be a top priority. But because money is tight, many motorists today are reluctant to spend money on services or maintenance they assume can be put off in the short term. That delay, however, could shorten the life of a vehicle, decrease its fuel efficiency or even put drivers and their families at risk.
To help you prepare for the changing weather and road conditions of spring, here’s a simple checklist of tips you should perform to help keep your vehicle running longer, safer and more cost-effectively:
Replacing a dirty air filter can increase a vehicle’s life expectancy and fuel efficiency by reducing the strain on the engine, especially during warmer months. Over the winter months, salt, sand and other impurities can build up in a vehicle’s air filtration system and rob it of as much as 10 percent in fuel efficiency.
Keep it clean
Your car, truck or SUV has likely just weathered the harsh conditions and corrosive elements associated with winter. Keeping it clean will help protect your investment. Be sure to use quality cleaners and waxes specifically designed for handling a car’s finish, as regular dish soap will break down your wax and might harm the underlying paint.
Keep it flowing
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, keeping it running efficiently and effectively. Over the winter, you or your mechanic might have changed the viscosity of the oil in your car (especially in colder climates), but in the warmer weather, you’ll get less protection as things heat up. Not sure what oil to use? Defer to a professional or use the grade of motor oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer to achieve optimum engine protection and fuel efficiency.
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