Magazine article Ebony

Summer Car Care

Magazine article Ebony

Summer Car Care

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IT is the all-time motoring mistake of I the season. After driving on ice, snow and salt, and enduring frigid temperatures and a host of other winter hardships, too many motorists think their cars will automatically adjust to warm-weather driving.

Ask almost any recipient of a recent car repair bill, and you'll quickly realize that automobiles need routine maintenance in the spring to ensure peak performance throughout the summer.

According to American Automobile Association officials, batteries, tires, brake fluid, engine and transmission oils and coolant are among the first things that should be checked by a qualified mechanic before the car is ready for the summer fast lane.

Checking your car and visiting the mechanic during the first days of spring will go a long way toward ensuring that you won't spoil your summer fun by spending a hot day on the side of the road with a disabled car. The following automotive cheek-up tips will ensure trouble-free summer driving:

* Replace old antifreeze with new coolant. Although most automobiles take 50-50 mixture of coolant and water, it is best to check the owner's manual before replacing the antifreeze.

* Change winter engine oil with proper grade for summer driving. Check the owner's manual for the correct grade and classification of oil.

* If your car is an older model, consider a tune-up. Owners of late-model cars should consult their owner's manual and follow the recommended maintenance schedule. …

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