Car Care Tips From Top Car Mechanics

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 Here, at Maryland Autoworx we want our customers to be in the know about how to properly care for their car or truck. We want you to get the best gas mileage; and overall how to get the most out of your vehicle. Hopefully, with these helpful tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and keep your vehicle out of the shop for major repairs. We understand how important your vehicle is and why your car needs to stay on the road especially in this busy Glen Burnie, Pasadena and Annapolis area. Give us a call at (410) 787-9221 today to schedule your next maintenance appointment. car repair car mechanic oil change Baltimore

Check your Tire Pressure

 

Myth: Tires should be inflated to the pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewalls.


Reality: That figure is the maximum pressure—not necessarily the ideal pressure.


What you should do instead: Always go by the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, which is usually printed on a sticker on the driver’s doorjamb or inside the fuel-filler door.

“This pressure is what the manufacturer has determined to provide the best balance of ride, handling, and fuel economy for your vehicle,” says Gene Petersen, who runs the tire testing program for Consumer Reports. “If you inflate the tires to the maximum pressure, you may end up wearing them unevenly, and you’ll likely need to replace them sooner.”

To keep your tires in tip-top shape, check their pressure monthly; if you can, do it early in the morning while the tires are cold. Otherwise, make sure the car has been at rest for at least 3 hours, and out of the sun.

Use Proper Fuel Grade

 

Myth: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium fuel must be better.


Reality: Most vehicles are designed to run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) gasoline, and filling up with a higher grade is a waste of money. “A higher octane number doesn’t mean that your vehicle will perform better,” said John Ibbotson, chief mechanic for Consumer Reports. “It simply means that it’s more resistant to engine knocking or pinging.”


What you should do instead: Use the octane grade that’s recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Get In And Start Driving

 

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.


Reality: That might have been good advice once, but modern engines warm up more quickly when they’re actually being driven.


What you should do instead: Get in, start the car, and start driving. The sooner the engine warms up, the sooner it reaches its maximum efficiency and delivers the best fuel economy and performance. But don’t rev the engine high over the first few miles while it’s warming up.

Seasonal Changes

 

Myth: Special service is required to “winterize” or “summerize” your car.


Reality: There isn’t anything special that you need to do to your car when the seasons change.


What you should do instead: If you keep up with the scheduled maintenance, you don’t need to perform any seasonal service, Ibbotson said. Moreover, today’s vehicles come with a “long life” coolant that can last up to 100,000 miles—but check your owner’s manual to see when the manufacturer recommends replacing it. In addition, modern air conditioning systems don’t require a “recharge” unless there is a problem with the system. If there is, it’ll usually take more than a recharge to fix it.

CHECK AND REPLACE YOUR ENGINE OIL!

This is probably the most important thing you can do for your vehicle.  Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last longer than regular oil and filter changes will. Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes. 

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Keep Up On The Cooling System

 Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system. Neglecting this can cause major damage to your engine and lead to premature failure. Dont forget to have your Hoses checked when you come in for your next service!

Change Your Brake Fluid

 Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Replace fluid and bleed system once a year. Brake fluid is cheap. Calipers, hoses, and sensors are expensive.