Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - To keep your car on the road to safety and savings, now is a good time to make sure that it’s in the best condition.
“Now is the time for motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in shape,” said Jim Sassorossi, head of Product Development at Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The safety, performance and life of a vehicle hinge on preventive maintenance.”
Here are hints on how:
• Check Brakes—Brakes are one of the most used (and often abused) components on a car. A thin layer of the brake pad disintegrates every time the brakes are applied. Replace pads or shoes before drums or rotors become damaged. Check pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware and the parking brake to prevent problems.
• Check Tires—Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare. Improper tire pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage. The entire surface of the tire, both tread and sidewall, should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear.
• Check Lights—Inspect and test all exterior lamps and lights, including turn signals and hazard lights, to ensure that they are in proper working order and alignment.
• Check Air Filter—The air filter is one of the unsung heroes of a vehicle, as it protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Replacing a dirty air filter helps ensure proper performance and longer life.
• Check Oil—Oil is the lifeblood of the engine. Engine oil level should be changed and replenished regularly.
• Check All Fluid Levels—Dirty or low fluids may affect the performance of a vehicle and can lead to breakdowns if not properly monitored and filled.
• Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter—Prevent breakdowns or serious engine damage and maximize fuel economy.
• CheckBattery—Look for corroded terminals and inspect for a bulging or cracked case.
• Check Shocks and Struts—They’re vital for a smooth ride and optimal handling and may affect other vehicle parts.
• Check Wiper Blades—Properly functioning wiper blades increase visibility. To alert you when it’s time for a change, Mopar all-season wiper blades feature an innovative wear indicator that gradually turns from black to green to yellow as the blades wear.
Mopar is a contraction of MOtor and PARts. While it’s Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand, an alliance with Magneti Marelli enables Chrysler Group dealerships to service vehicles for GM, Ford,Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia.
You’ll find further facts and tips at www.mopar.com.