Magazine article Ebony

Summer Car Care

Magazine article Ebony

Summer Car Care

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If you happen to live anywhere north of Arkansas, you are probably sick and tired of driving through slush and sleets on icy, snow-covered streets. But now that spring has sprung and the roads are clear, it's time to get set for that cross-country trip you've been dreaming about all winter.

Before beginning your trip, you should make sure your car is ready for warm-weather driving. The following summer car-care tips will help avoid overheated radiators, flat tires and burned-out transmissions--driving nightmares that can ruin an otherwise pleasurable cruise on wheels.

* Replace your old antifreeze with new coolant. Most automobiles take a 50-50 mixture of coolant and water, but check your owner's manual just to be sure. Don't add plain water to your cooling system unless it's an emergency.

Antifreeze and circulating oil help cool your was engine, so replace the oil at regular intervals (the usual recommendation is every 3,000 miles). Your owner's manual will give you the proper grade and classification, and make sure the oil level is at "full" to get the best cooling effect and lubrication.

* Consider a tune-up, particularly if you own an older model. Consult your manual for the recommended maintenance schedule for your car.

* Check your tire pressure when the tires are "cold" and make sure they are properly inflated and wearing evenly. Underinflated tires can cause dangerous blowouts, and uneven tire wear can signal alignment, suspension or wheel-balance problems. …

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