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THE FREE PRESS, Thursday, April 28, 2011

SPRING ON THE ROAD Has your car been feeling left out in the cold? Your second largest investment could use a little TLC

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t’s always there when you need it, and it got you through one of the worst winters in recent memory. So why not give your vehicle a little something back? Be Car Care Aware

Canada recommends setting aside a little time this spring to care for your car by following three simple steps.

Keep your vehicle clean

Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. In parts of the country where salt is used on the roads, regularly washing is especially

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Keep your car on schedule

Every vehicle has a manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule. Following a routine service schedule is essential to keeping your car in safe and dependable working order.

Keep an eye on the little things

Your windshield wipers aren’t cleaning as well as they should? Your gas tank is missing its cap? There’s a warning light on your dashboard? When you see your car needs attention, don’t delay. Repairing small things now can help avoid more costly problems down the road and add years of useful vehicle life. “Many vehicles end up neglected during the winter

months and could use a little extra care to get them ready for the spring and summer driving season,” said Patty Kettles, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Be Car Care Aware.

“For most Canadians, their vehicle is their second biggest investment and they rely on it every single day to get to work, school and everywhere in between. Taking a little time for car care now can save headaches and money in the long run.” Source: www.carcarecanada.ca


www.thefreepress.ca

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, April 28, 2011

SPRING ON THE ROAD Road construction can be tough on vehicles Caring for your car during summer

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ummer is the main season for road construction, which means there’s a good chance you’ll hit a bump or two, or come across loose stones and other hazards associated with construction zones. These road conditions can be tough on a vehicle’s steering and suspension systems and can throw out the alignment, while loose stones have the potential to damage the vehicle’s exterior or windshield, according to Be Car Care Aware Canada. The symptoms of steering and suspension or wheel alignment problems are uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, noise and vibration while cornering or loss of control. The main parts of the systems are shocks and/or struts, the steering knuckle, ball joints, the steering rack/box, bearings, seals or hub units, and tie rod ends. Be Car Care Aware Canada

recommends that motorists have their vehicles checked out immediately if any of these symptoms exist, as steering and suspension systems are key safety-related components and largely determine the car’s ride and handling. Regardless of road conditions, these systems should be checked annually and a wheel alignment should be performed at

the same time. Motorists also should do frequent visual checks of their vehicle’s exterior and windshield to identify any chips, dings or cracks. These are small problems that can become costly repairs and safety hazards if they aren’t taken care of immediately. “Even the most careful driver, who is traveling slowly and

carefully through a work zone, can hit an unexpected bump or other road hazards,” said Patty Kettles, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Be Car Care Aware. “The key is to pay attention to your car and if you think there’s a problem, have it taken care of as soon as possible.”

• Keep an eye on the little things (windshield wipers aren’t cleaning as well as they should; gas tank is missing its cap; a warning light on your dashboard.)

Looking down the road

• Check your wipers for safe driving

Looking Down the Road is Be Car Care Aware’s 2011 theme to increase consumer awareness about proper vehicle maintenance, safety and repair. Research shows that there is $10 billion worth of vehicle maintenance and repair being neglected by Canadian consumers. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line, either in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.

Car care tips

• Make sure vehicle lights shine bright for safe spring driving

• Keep your car on a maintenance schedule - essential to keeping it in safe and dependable working order • Keep your vehicle clean to protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris

www.carcarecanada.ca for more information

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