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August 13, 2015

Did You Read Your Owner’s Manual?

Operate_navigation-read_owners_manual-iStock_000042313526_SmallYou just purchased an automobile. New or used vehicles almost always come equipped with an owner's manual.  But most women – more even than men – tend to just glance through it and then put it in the glove compartment to gather dust, and eventually be hidden behind the collections of other paraphernalia that seems to accumulate there.

You are excited. I know you want to get in that new car, and just drive away and show it to all your friends. You really don’t want to take the time to read the manual, perhaps thinking you can read it later. But times have changed. In the ‘50’s all we had was AM radios to keep us entertained. In today’s vehicles, the technological accessories have taken over our once-clean dashboards, converting them into intricate space-age display units, comparable to those found in Star Wars Starship decks. Very few new vehicles today come in basic plain vanilla.

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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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May 01, 2015

Turtle Wax Launches #FreeTheSoul Summer Road Trip Contest

Turtle_Wax-Freethesoul_summer_road_trip_contestProtect the body. Free the soul. That’s the message of the latest campaign from Turtle Wax. It’s about feeling confident in your car and seizing the open road. Starting today, Turtle Wax is giving car lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to choose their own adventure.

Turtle Wax believes cars are meant to be driven, not to collect dust in your garage. They should roar, screech, and skid. And no matter the make, model, or year, you deserve to feel great owning and driving your car.

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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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