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April 29, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #10

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Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Check windshield wiper blades every six months and replace them when cracked, cut, torn, streaking, or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety.

Results of community car care events held throughout the country last year show that most consumers are neglecting their cars, with seven out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process.

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April 27, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #9

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Check The Pressure Of All Tires

Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month.

Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car's alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling.

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April 24, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #8

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Inspect The Steering And Suspension System

Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers and struts, and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends, and other related components.

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April 22, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #7

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Check The Car's Heating, Ventilating, And Air Conditioning

Check the car's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting.

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April 20, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #6

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Schedule A Tune-Up

A tune-up can help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.

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April 17, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #5

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Inspect The Exhaust System

Check the exhaust system for leaks, damage, and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.

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April 16, 2015

Are you an infrequent driver? How should you maintain your car?

IStock_000024409355_MediumA friend who doesn't drive her car much recently asked us if her car needs any different maintenance than one that is driven regularly.

We reached to Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, for advice.

According to Tony, "there's actually not a lot different about maintenance on a vehicle that is only driven occasionally. Even a few hundred miles a month is enough driving to keep things like the battery charged and avoid any problems with parasitic energy drains from the accessories."

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April 15, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #4

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Check The Battery Connections

The battery connections should be clean, tight, and corrosion-free. The battery should be securely mounted. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary.

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April 13, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #3

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Check The Brake System

Check the brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors, and drums inspected at each oil change.

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April 10, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #2

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Inspect Hoses At Each Oil Change

Have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen, or restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition, and have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Typically replace the timing belt between 60,000 and 90,000 miles or at the interval specified in the owner's manual to avoid a breakdown or serious engine damage.

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