Does Your Car Need a Check-Up?
Gas prices are rising every day, and it seems that there is little you can do to keep from spending more and more. But there are simple steps you can take each time you stop to fill up your tank that could save you money. It used to be that each time you pulled into a service station for a fill-up, the attendant would open the hood and do a series of checks. In these days of self-service, these mini-check ups are no longer done on a regular basis.
You can, however, do these checks yourself. Make sure that you only check under your hood if your engine is off. If you are at a busy station, you can simply pull to the side after fueling your car. While it may seem like these checks cannot do much to save you money on gasoline, it will pay off in the long run. An engine that is not running properly or improperly inflated tires will decrease your gas mileage and cost you money over the long run. The following are some of the components you'll want to check each time.
Coolant overflow tank: Although you should never remove the radiator cap, as the escaping steam could harm you, you can check the coolant overflow tank. A mix of coolant and water should go all the way to the fill line.
Engine oil: Use the dipstick to make sure the level reads between the full and low marks. If it is below the one-quart down mark, you will need to add motor oil.
Brake fluid: If necessary, top off the brake fluid reservoir to the fill line. When replacing the cap, be sure to wipe it clean to keep out any contaminants.
Battery: Check to make sure your battery terminals are free from corrosion. Today, most batteries do not require any addition of fluid.
Other fluids: You can also check your power steering and transmission fluids when you fill up your tank. Power steering fluid can be checked when the engine is either hot or cold. To check the transmission fluid, you will need make sure the engine is warm, running, and your car is in the "park" position.
Tires: Ideally, air pressure should be checked when your tires are cold or before you've driven more than a few miles. If needed, add or release air pressure. The recommended pressure is usually listed on the information printed on the driver's door well or in your car's manual.
Presbyterian Apartments I & II in Northport, Alabama goes out of our way to ensure that you live the lifestyle you have always desired and deserved. These helpful tips go beyond the scope of services we offer in our community in order to provide you with a more efficient routine.