Car Care: Spring Maintenance Check List Part 3

Car Care: Spring Maintenance Check List – Part 3

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Check the belts and hoses: A broken belt or hose can cause problems ranging from the loss of power steering to an overheated engine, but these parts are easily overlooked. Look for cracks and peeling on the belts, softening on the hoses – or ask your mechanic to do it for you. “Broken belts are one of motorists’ worst summer breakdown surprises,” says Auto Zone’s Swims.

Test the air conditioning: Turn on the cooler full blast and make sure it reaches that max chill in short order. If you suspect problems, get a mechanic to check it out soon.

Check your oxygen sensor: This one is obscure, but it is important to gas mileage. Because the sensor helps set the fuel mix going into your engine, a faulty one can cause too much gas to be used – cutting your mileage by up to 40%, warns auto repair web site CarMD. Replacing the sensor, which usually costs less than $200, needs to be done every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. And it is the repair problem that most often causes the “Check Engine” warning to light up near your speedometer, CarMD reports.beautifulwoman_headproppedcarwindow

Getting a spring checkup for your car not only could avoid a summer breakdown, it could save you money on your monthly gas budget.

Blog post courtesy of Merchants Insurance Group