Want to Keep Your Car Running? Regular Checkups Are Way to Go

By Andres, Shakaya | The Florida Times Union, July 26, 2008 | Go to article overview

Want to Keep Your Car Running? Regular Checkups Are Way to Go


Andres, Shakaya, The Florida Times Union


Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES

Regular checkups can add life to your car and keep a little extra cash in your wallet.

Routine maintenance on the life of a vehicle is very important in itself, but add summer weather to the equation and car owners who fail to take care of even the minor upkeep of their car could incur a whole heap of problems, said Jon Braun, owner of Viking Auto Electric and Air Inc. on Sunbeam Road in Mandarin.

"Maintenance is very important; it saves fuel and keeps the car running properly," he said. "Regular maintenance can identify problems before the car breaks down."

As temperatures rise, drivers immediately turn to the air conditioner for relief, but not so fast, Braun said. Premature wear on the starter can occur when drivers have their air conditioner blasting before the engine has the chance to adjust - it takes about 30 seconds, he said.

"If the A/C compressor is engaged when starting the car then you're adding a load to the starter, which means it's working harder," he said.

The battery is most notorious for breaking down in the summer rather than in any other season, contrary to popular belief, Braun said.

"The battery is very fragile to high temperatures, which shorten the battery life," he said. …

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