April is Car Care Month, and for good reason. Motorists can undo the wear and tear of winter driving and get their vehicles ready for summertime’s heat, humidity, and heavy stop-and-go traffic.
The experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer. Read more . . .
You’ve emptied the trunk of golf clubs, backpacks, laundry, and that moldering dead body. You’ve shopped around for the best price for a tank of gas. You’ve formed a carpool. With gas prices soaring, what should a motorist do next to get the best fuel economy from their vehicle? The Automobile Club of Southern California says good driving, repair, and maintenance habits can help you achieve fuel savings of five percent or more based on average miles per gallon over 1,000 miles driven. Read more . . .
Myth or hoax: you should change your car’s oil every 3,000 miles? It has been an article of faith for car fanciers for years, but it might be just an old folk tale, like don’t swim within an hour after eating, or an itchy nose means you’re going to kiss Tom Cruise. In fact, given new data from a major car manufacturer, the 3,000-mile oil change may be a thing of the past.
If there’s one automotive truism car owners have been force-fed over the years, it’s the Read more . . .
Cleanliness is next to godliness, but there is more to maintaining your vehicle than simply washing it once in a while. Unfortunately though not surprisingly, a recent survey by Shell found that the majority of Americans are more interested in keeping their ride looking good than in making certain that it runs the way it should. And the researchers identified some areas for improvement, from the car wash to the gas pump. Read more . . .
Most people think that winter is the toughest season for their car. But they underestimate the rigors that summer weather brings. Prolonged heat spurred on by high summer ambient temperatures isn’t just tough on your car’s cooling system, it can also be hard on your tires and battery. And if one of your tires or battery is a no-go, then you’ll be a no-go, too.
Here are some car maintenance items to think about as we cruise into summer’s dog days: Read more . . .