Be Car Care Aware

Chances are your car is the second largest investment next to your home.  Care for it properly and it will deliver the performance, lasting value, and enjoyment you need and expect.  A properly maintained car offers the greatest return on investment and helps prevent more costly repairs down the road.

The first step toward proper maintenance is to “Be Car Care Aware” – to understand your car, the care it needs, when it needs it and why.  You should expect to change the oil and filter regularly, check tire pressure, fluid levels, filters, belts, wiper blades, brakes, and other parts and components, replacing them when necessary.

Increase Your Fuel Economy

As fuel prices climb, getting the best mileage from a litre of fuel is becoming more and more important.  There are many inexpensive routine service options that can help maximize the fuel efficency of your vehicle. Tires can lose pressure from seasonal changes and reduce the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.  By keeping the proper level of air pressure in your tires, you can increase your fuel economy by 3%.  Air filters should be expected at every oil change, which is recommended every 5000km or per the owner’s manual, and replaced when dirty, torn, water or oil soaked.  Replacing a clogged filter can increase gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

Worn or fouled spark plugs can cause the engine to lose power or misfire and waste fuel.  A routine tune-up will include checking the spark plugs, which have a replacement interval ranging from 50 000 to 160 000 kilometres or per the owner’s manual.  Replacing any other ignition system and/or emission system parts may be needed, replacing fuel and air filters, adjusting the ignition timing and idle speeds, and ensuring the onboard computer control system is working properly are also covered.  An average tune-up improved fuel efficiency by 4%.