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NAPS - Whether your car came right off the showroom floor or you drive a used vehicle that has seen its share of miles, one of the best ways to extend its life is to practice basic maintenance.
To help, here are some tips:
* Take care of your tires. A good rule of thumb for tire rotation is to have your tires rotated every other oil change. This can vary depending on the amount of driving you do. Check the air pressure in your tires. This simple procedure can help your vehicle's fuel economy.
* Check your belts and hoses. You may not know what everything does under the hood of your vehicle, but even you can recognize a belt or hose that has a crack or corrosion. These parts are usually made of rubber and will eventually wear out. If you are still unsure, belts and hoses can be checked during an oil change or at your vehicle's annual checkup.
* Check your oil. If the level of oil in your vehicle is too high or low, it can cause engine problems. Owners of both new and older vehicles can consider using synthetic motor oil to help increase the mileage between oil changes.
For example, Royal Purple offers a variety of motor oil viscosities for different makes and models, recommending the SN Series for vehicles 2011 and newer and the new High Performance Series for older vehicles. This can result in money savings with fewer oil changes and less impact on the environment with less oil disposed.
When you get your oil changed, ask if they recycle oil, and if you are changing your oil, at home, check out www.earth911.com for a motor-oil recycling center near you.
* Check your coolant. If you are not sure where your coolant reservoir is, check your owner's manual. The ideal level of coolant should be between the low and high markings.
If you are checking the coolant yourself, do not take the cap off if your vehicle has been recently driven. If the coolant system is hot, the pressure inside could burn you when the cap is removed. To keep your engine cool, try a coolant additive such as Royal Purple's Purple Ice. It is designed to reduce engine temperatures and protect the engine from corrosion.
* Learn the dashboard lights. Refer to your owner's manual to familiarize yourself with some of your dashboard warning lights. These include: Check Engine, Service Engine, Electrical Fault, Brake Warning, ABS Brake Warning, Coolant and Oil. Ignoring these warning signs could result in expensive repairs if left too long.
For more information, visit www.royalpurple.com.