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Eight hot tips for battery care NAPS

Warning lights send messages you can’t ignore Safety on the road is no accident. For example, when a warning light illuminates on a car’s dashboard, it is alerting you to a situation that requires your attention.

(NAPS) While not all warning

If the oil pressure warning light

lights are a sign that disaster is

comes on and stays on, pull off

imminent, no warning indicator

the road at the earliest safe op-

should ever be ignored.

portunity, shut off the engine and call for assistance.

That’s the word from the experts at AAA, who encourage motorists

Engine Temperature Light

to read their owner’s manual and

The engine temperature light is

know what each of the warning

usually a thermometer symbol

lights in their vehicle means.

or the word “TEMP.” It comes on

To help, they offer the following

when the engine temperature is


unsafe for your vehicle. Unless the engine temperature is quickly

Oil Pressure Light

brought under control, major

The oil pressure light is usually

damage may occur.

an oilcan symbol or the word “OIL.” It comes on when there is a

If there are any signs of a cooling

drop in engine oil pressure. Of all

system leak, pull off the road at

the warning lights, the oil pres-

the earliest safe opportunity, shut

sure light indicates the greatest

off the engine and call for assis-

potential for serious mechanical



Be careful when opening the ...continued on pg 6

More automobile batteries fail in the heat than in the extreme cold, and hot-weather conditions can cause more stress on a battery than frigid temperatures. With temperatures at their annual highs, motorists can protect and care for that part of the vehicle a driver depends on most every day. Battery temperatures under the hood of an automobile can reach 175 to 200 degrees in extreme conditions, affecting the corrosion factor within the battery. The extreme heat can make the acid and the fluid inside the battery expand, which can cause it to start leaking, and that leads to battery failure in the long run. It’s important for motorists to take the necessary precaution of getting their vehicle battery checked on a regular basis, especially before taking off on family trips. Here are some with some helpful guidelines to follow when caring for the automobile battery: *Wear protective eyewear, remove all jewelry and wear long sleeves to protect skin from a battery acid explosion. *Inspect the battery case for signs of extreme bulging, cracking or leaking. If signs are present, it’s time to replace the case. *Clean the connections by removing any corrosion, lead oxidation, paint or rust from the top of the battery with a scouring pad or brass brush. Make sure to brush the corrosion away from the body. *If the battery has removable filler caps, open the caps and check the water level in each cell. *Make sure the plates are at least half covered. This prevents sulfation and reduces the possibility of an internal battery explosion. *If the water level is low, add distilled water (avoid tap water) until the plates are covered. *Avoid overfilling, especially in hot weather, because the heat can cause the solution inside to expand and overflow. *Have the battery and electrical system professionally tested every three to six months, especially before heading out on a trip.

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hood in the pres-

However, if the

ence of steam,

check engine

and never re-

light begins

move the radia-

flashing re-

tor cap when the

peatedly, the

engine is hot.

catalytic converter is over-

Charging System

heating. Should


this occur, drive

The charging

the vehicle to

system light is

a repair shop

usually a battery symbol or the

Responding to your car’s warning lights can help to keep you on the road to safety and savings.

word “ALT” or

immediately for further diagnosis.

“GEN.” It comes

trical loads such as the radio,

comes on when there is a

on when the vehicle electri-

heater or air-conditioning,

problem affecting the ve-

Disregarding a flashing

cal system is no longer be-

then drive the vehicle to a

hicle’s exhaust emissions.

check engine light could

ing supplied power by the

repair facility immediately

If the light comes on and

start a fire, destroy the


for further inspection.

stays on, make an appoint-

catalytic converter and

ment with an auto repair

result in necessary repairs

If this light comes on, shut

Check Engine Light

shop to have the problem

that could easily exceed

down all unnecessary elec-

The check engine light

checked in the near future.


The smart consumer knows when premium pays (NAPS)

Consumers are ex­tending the ownership of their vehicles well beyond 100,000 miles by finding ways to improve the quality of their vehicle. Following a good maintenance routine will keep your vehicle on the road longer and out of the shop, avoiding costly repairs. Price is often an indicator of a quality product. Some companies use high-quality synthetic base oils and invest in premium additives in their motor oils. These tips about choosing premium products will let you make informed decisions that will keep your vehicle on the road longer.

Motor oil: Upgrading to a premium synthetic has several ad­vantages. Some high-performance motor oils have been reported to improve gas mileage by 3 percent or more. Over the course of a year, the result can be hundreds of dollars in savings. Additionally, lubrication technology has improved significantly, allowing for longer oil life, resulting in extended oil drains and reducing the effect on the environment. Oil filters: Standard oil

filters use paper media for filtration and deteriorate rapidly after 3,000 miles. High-performance premium oil filters allow for extended oil drain intervals. These filters proprietary long-life, microglass media provides an increased level of protection due to the density of the filtration and can last for 12,000 miles. Gasoline: At the gas pump, you typically have three choices: Regular, Midgrade and Premium. The octane number associated with the fuel

grade reflects a fuel’s resistance to knocking. Engine knock can damage your engine and can be a sign it’s not running as efficiently as it could be. Many vehicles come with a certain octane rating that has been tested for the specific engine. Usually, only high-performance engines require a higher-octane fuel. Using fuel of an octane rating higher than the manufacturer recommends will not increase your car’s performance, lower exhaust emissions or increase your engine

or fuel system life. Wiper blades: There are few things worse than wiper blades that don’t clear the windshield when you need them to. This can cause a hazard when driving in potentially dangerous driving conditions such as rain and snow. Not all wiper blades are the same. Premium wiper blades are sturdier and more durable, whereas low-cost, general-purpose wiper blades perform differently from those designed specifically for rainy or snowy climates.

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