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Albany/HV: National Car Care Month
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April is National Car Care Month. How long has it been since you lifted the hood of your car? Too long. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, has some car care tips.

How long has it been since you lifted the hood of your car? If you’re like most of us, it’s been too long. Last April, nine out of ten vehicles driven through Car Care Month check-up lanes failed inspection. The reasons varied from low oil and contaminated transmission fluid, to corroded battery cables and under-inflated tires. This April, there will be more free check-up events for vehicles than ever before. Would your car pass the test?

Let's take the test.

UNDERHOOD CHECKS: Raise the hood of your car and become familiar with the fluid reservoirs, belts and hoses.

COOLING SYSTEM: Here’s a quick way to destroy an engine – just run it too hot. Aluminum components can warp as a result of excessive heat; have the cooling system serviced now.

DON’T OVERLOOK THESE BOOTS: A term familiar to many owners of front wheel drive vehicles is the CV joint (short for constant velocity joint). This flexible joint transfers power from the transmission to the wheels and is protected by a rubber boot, which keeps grease in and dirt out. Have these boots checked the next time you’re in for service or getting your oil checked.

WINDSHIELD WIPERS: What’s one of the first things that need replacing on your car? The windshield wiper blades. More often than not, windshield wiper blades deteriorate due to exposure. Sun, chemicals in the air, and even industrial pollution affect wiper blades. Replace streaking or chattering wiper blades.

BRAKES: How do you save money on brake work? Not by skimping. A bargain brake job is seldom a bargain. Invest in the best brake service available and practice preventive maintenance, including periodic inspection of brake components to stay ahead of excessive wear of rotors and drums.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: When your car overheats it can damage the engine, radiator and automatic transmission. Read early signs of damage from overheating by checking the vehicle’s transmission fluid.


Taking an active role in maintaining your vehicle is best way to avoid costly repairs down the road. The non-profit Car Care Council will help you learn how. This April, take the time to be Car Care Aware.

Visit www.carcare.org for more information.

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