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December 04, 2015

Multiply Gas Savings During Holiday Travel with Simple Vehicle Maintenance

Santa_driving_car-iStock_000029555592-Trish233Thanksgiving officially opened the holiday travel season, with approximately 42 million Americans expected to have taken road trips over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA.com.

Today's very low gas prices (the lowest since 2008) are encouraging travelers to hit the highways for the holidays, especially as the AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average is poised to drop to below $2 per gallon by the Christmas holiday.

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November 24, 2015

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Raises Over $10,000 with October Sale of Pink Wiper Blades

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-go_PINK_-800-zps60d5ca27I was driving my son home from school last week when I saw a black Honda Civic with PINK wiper blades. I smiled at the driver as she passed me because I knew a portion of the revenues from her wiper blades helped support Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Valvoline Instant Oil Change's annual  PINK Wiper fundraising campaign sold pink wiper blades during October, to raise more than $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Valvoline shops across the country were decorated in pink, and employees wore pink  shirts -- some guys even dyed their hair or wore pink wigs -- to raise awareness of this campaign. Check out some of the pink fun here at our Pinterest page.

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September 30, 2015

Winter is Coming: 6 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Safe Driving

Winter_DrivingMany cold weather climate regions are currently experiencing a warmer-than-average fall that makes it feel like summer is still going strong.

But you’d be wise to remember that, no matter how it may feel now, real winter weather is coming…

People all over the northern United States will soon be hauling out their down coats and industrial-strength boots.  One morning in the next couple of months, you’ll wake up and see inches of snow piled up outside your door and, if you’re like many, you’ll think, “Oh no, I haven’t even winterized my car yet!”

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June 02, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Saving Money on Car Maintenance

Woman_mechanic_do_it_yourself_car_maintenance-iStock_000045551482_SmallSaving money and making it last as long as possible is something many people attempt each and every day. It’s surprising however that as much as people want to save money, they forget about looking after their vehicle. So let’s take a look at ways to keep your vehicle in shape without having to spend a bucket load of cash on car maintenance.

I often ask the students I’m teaching to drive who’s responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle; the owner of the vehicle or the driver? The correct answer is both. If the owner isn’t the sole driver of the vehicle, the driver should inform the owner if something isn’t working properly. The owner can either fix it themselves or have a professional do it.

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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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