Free Car Care Repair Tips for the Ravages of Winter From the Car Care Council

The ravages of winter can be hard on a vehicle, so whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council recommends a spring tune-up to help ensure that your car is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season.

To stay on top of proper care, maintenance and repair, the Car Care Council is offering a free vehicle service interval schedule on its Web site,

  • Check all fluids. Antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant should all be checked. For maximum engine life, change the oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles or as directed in your owner’s manual.
  • Check hoses and belts. A worn or loose can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorated from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the brakes. Now is a good time to check the entire system, including brake linings, rotors and drums.
  • Change the wiper blades. Replace every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign, educating consumers about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.