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10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off
Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler? 10-minute pre-trip checklist:
Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating 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.
"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists
should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance
themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained
vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few
dollars at the gas pumps.
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