Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”
This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips. If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21!
1. How to Replace Your Wiper Blades
You know the sound – the tell-tale “scrubs” and “squeaks” that mean it's time to replace those wiper blades. Now, this process is intimidating from the beginning, because when you find the wiper blades in a shop, there are hundreds of sizes! How do you know which to buy? Don't panic. Wiper blade fitment guides will tell you exactly which ones you need, and most blades come with easy-to-follow instructions on switching them out. If you're still puzzled or just want to make sure you get it right the first time, ask for help at your favorite auto shop – like a Sears Auto Center.
Flat tires happen to everyone – do you know how to change one? This is one of those tasks that everyone who drives should know how to do. Take some time, and your vehicle's manual, and familiarize yourself with where your spare, tire iron, and jack are. If your car doesn't have one, get one! Doing this one with help the first time will really help you learn, whether that help is a Sears Auto Center technician, or just a YouTube video, but there are a few tips that are universal. First, when you pull over, try to park someplace flat rather than on a hill. Center the jack under the vehicle's frame, not the body. And finally, loosen the lug nuts on your flat tire (and tighten the ones on your spare) while it's on the ground. Trying to loosen the nuts when the car's up can tip the jack over, so definitely keep this one in mind!
3. Jumpstart a Battery
Whether it's your battery or someone else's, knowing how to jump start a battery will keep everyone moving. Park the cars facing each other (if you can – if not, get as close as you can). While both cars are off completely, connect the positive terminal (red) on the dead battery, followed by the positive terminal on the good battery. Then, connect the negative (black) terminal on the good battery, and connect the other negative clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the car – usually a nut or bolt. You'll see a tiny spark when you've found one. If you can't find grounded metal, you can connect to the negative terminal of the dead battery – there's a risk of igniting hydrogen gas if you do this, though, so find grounded metal if you can. Finally, start the working car, and then give the dead one a try. If it won't start, wait a few minutes and try again. Once you get it started, leave the cables on for a few more minutes to help charge the dead battery. That's all there is to it! For more information on batteries, click here.
4. Check Fluids
Do you know how to check your oil? Washer fluid? How about transmission fluid? Knowing how to check, and how to fill the vital fluids in your engine is important, and simple. Just a little time with your hood up and manual in hand will tell you how to check all the fluids in your vehicle, and how to fill them if they're low.
Tire pressure is just as important as fluid levels. Over- or under-inflated tires will wear the tires faster, lower gas mileage, and increase your accident risk. Where do you find the correct pressure for your tires? Here's a common misconception: many people think that the number on the side of the tire is the correct pressure for that tire. WRONG! The number on the side of your tire is NOT the correct pressure for that tire. To find your tire pressure, look for a decal on the inside of the driver's door, or in your owner's manual. Keep a tire gauge on hand and a few spare quarters for the air machines that require them (and for the odd cup of coffee that costs $3.25, let's be honest) and make sure your tires stay at the proper pressure.
6. Check Your Wheel Alignment
If your car is pulling to either side, or if you feel you have to fight to keep it driving straight down the road, you probably need an alignment service. Proper alignment extends tire life, improves fuel efficiency, and reduces wear and tear on your vehicle’s steering components. Not sure if you need an alignment? The experts at Sears Auto Center can tell you in just a few minutes with a courtesy alignment check, included as part of their FREE Performance Snapshot.
Sears Auto Center and AskPatty.com Bring Free Car Care Clinics to “Women on the Move”
Men who know how to change their own oil outnumber women who are oil-change-savvy three to one. To address this disconnect, we're joining forces with Sears Auto Center to bring you a free one-day car care clinic across its more than 400 auto service centers nationwide. Now, we're not saying you should always change your own oil – oil changes are inexpensive and experts at Sears Auto Centers are happy to do it for you – but knowing more about your car's engine can help you ensure a longer life for your car, and potentially save you a bundle at the mechanic.
“Regardless of whether she really wants to do her own maintenance or not, we believe that any woman can benefit from knowing more about her own car,” says Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com CEO. “By joining forces with the experts at Sears Auto Centers, a trusted go-to destination for car care, we're giving women the power to take control of their own auto maintenance, and making sure they're not taken advantage of when they need vehicle service.”
The clinics will take place on Saturday, May 21, when Sears Auto Center will have their technicians available to answer questions and perform demonstrations. They’ll show you how to change a tire and check your own oil, teach you all about engine fluids, filters, brakes, and tires. Plus, while you're there, you'll have a chance to win great prizes! For more information and to find a “Women on the Move” Car Care Clinic near you, visit www.searsauto.com. We hope to see you there!
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