Is your car due for a checkup?
If you're driving your car less these days, you may wonder what effect those long periods of idleness have on your vehicle. Make sure your car is ready to go whenever you are. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recommends a regular professional checkup of the following:
Tires - Rotate every 6,000 to 7,000 miles and get tire pressure checked. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side. Check the spare and be sure the jack is in good condition.
Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance.
Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician.
Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Other things that should be checked are engine performance, oil, oil filter, windshield wipers, lights and the battery.
Vic's Automotive works on domestic and foreign makes and models and our technicians are ASE certified. Call us so we can make sure your car is operating in peak condition.
Vic's Auto Center
15880 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035