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Helpful Car Maintanence Tips

According to the Vehicle Maintenance Council 4 out of 5 cars need maintenance,
such as the items listed below. Is yours one of them?

1. Worn brake parts: Postponing needed brake service, in addition to being a safety hazard,
can escalate the cost of a braking system overhaul.

2. Tired windshield wiper blades: Don't wait for a rainy day to replace worn blades.

3. Burned Out Lights: Can you see and be seen? Check all your lights regularly to be sure.

4. Clogged Filters: Scheduled replacement of air, oil, gas, fuel, transmission and other filters
extend car life and improve performance.

5. Worn spark plugs: Worn plugs waste gas and increase exhaust emissions. They also cause
the engine to run poorly.

6. Corroded battery cables: Corroded cables and a weak battery cause starting trouble. Have
battery and charging system checked if the engine turns over slowly.

7. Glazed belts, Rotten Hoses: A slipping belt can affect engine cooling, alternator, power
steering, and air conditioner. Replace worn belts before they let you down brittle or rotten
cooling system hoses can lead to overheating. Others, such as vacuum and power steering
hoses, hinder performance and safety.

8. Neglected Cooling System: Periodic servicing of the cooling system helps prevent deteriora-
tion of radiator or heater core.

9. Leaking Shock Absorbers: Worn shocks or struts affect ride control and shorten tire life.

10. Damaged CV Joint Boots: These rubber boots protect the critical CV joints that deliver
power to your wheels. They should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed.

11. Leaking Muffler: Have your car put on a lift occasionally to check the muffler and other parts
of the exhaust system.

12. Tired Tires: Worn tires are dangerous. Proper inflation, alignment and balance will extend
tire life.
information provided by www.partsamerica.com

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