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Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 6 (AC, Battery)

Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 6 (AC, Battery)

AC, Car Battery and More
65. Run your AC in winter

To keep your car’s air-conditioning system fit for the next warm season, run it a few times throughout the winter. This will prevent moving parts in the compressor from seizing. Also, circulating the refrigerant will help keep the seals soft and pliant.

Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 5

Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 5

Car Engine and Other Systems
51. Check engine oil at every other fill-up

For an accurate reading, follow this procedure:

  • Run or drive your car for about 15 minutes to warm the oil; then park the car in a level place.Turn off the engine and wait 15 minutes to allow the oil in the engine to drain back to the oil pan.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a paper towel or rag. Reinsert the dipstick, being sure to push it in all the way, then pull it out again to check the oil level. It should be somewhere between the hash marks on the dipstick.
  • Add the type and amount of oil as specified in your owner’s manual, if necessary.

Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 4 (Tires, Wheels, Brakes)

Extending The Life Of Your Car Series 4 (Tires, Wheels, Brakes)

Tires, Wheels, and Brakes
37. Keep the caps on

You step out into driveway ready to start your morning commute only to discover a flat tire. How in the heck did that happen overnight? If the tire valve is missing its cap, the culprit might be a leaky valve. Those little caps keep out dirt and moisture that can cause leaks, so be sure to keep caps on all your tire valves. Another tip: When you replace tires, remind the tire shop that you expect new valves with the tires.

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