As the weather continues to warm up it’s a perfect time to perform auto maintenance service. Here are tips on what you need to have your auto expert inspect.
According to an article at cbsnews.com, “Spring Auto Care”
“Inspect the tires: Worn-down tires make it hard to stop, even if your brakes are in good order. Try the coin test on your tires: Insert a quarter into several grooves across each tire. If part of Washington’s head is always covered, you still have 4/32 inch of tread left and can probably drive safely. If you have less tread, it’s time to think about replacements. (A definite danger signal comes when you slip a penny into a groove and the tread does not reach Lincoln’s head.)
Even if your tire tread is OK, make sure you keep them inflated to the pressure listed on the placard visible when the driver’s door is open. You can boost your gas mileage by 3% or more and make the car safer as well. To get an accurate reading, check the pressure of tires when they are cold, not when you have been driving.
Check the belts and hoses: A broken belt or hose can cause problems ranging from the loss of power steering to an overheated engine, but these parts are easily overlooked. Look for cracks and peeling on the belts, softening on the hoses – or ask your mechanic to do it for you. “Broken belts are one of motorists’ worst summer breakdown surprises,” says Auto Zone’s Swims.
Test the air conditioning: Turn on the cooler full blast and make sure it reaches that max chill in short order. If you suspect problems, get a mechanic to check it out soon.
Check your oxygen sensor: This one is obscure, but it is important to gas mileage. Because the sensor helps set the fuel mix going into your engine, a faulty one can cause too much gas to be used – cutting your mileage by up to 40%, warns auto repair web site CarMD. Replacing the sensor, which usually costs less than $200, needs to be done every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. And it is the repair problem that most often causes the “Check Engine” warning to light up near your speedometer, CarMD reports.” To read the entire article click here.