Phoenix, AZ (PressExposure) October 18, 2011 -- In conjunction with Fall Car Care Month, Virginia Auto Service in Phoenix, Arizona, is providing free vehicle inspections for people who make an appointment. The free inspections are offered throughout the month of October. Appointments can be made by calling 602-266-0200, or scheduling online at http://www.virginiaautoservice.com.
A recent survey by the Car Care Council found that over50% of drivers are driving cars with some sort of issue that affects the reliability, efficiency and safety of their car.
58% had low tire pressure.
28% had inadequate cooling protection.
19% needed new belts.
16% had dirty air filters.
10% had low or contaminated brake fluid.
"By doing a thorough inspection of your car you can take a proactive approach to ensuring safety and reliability for driving in Arizona's extreme climate," said Matt Allen owner of Virginia Auto Service. "Regular maintenance makes sense financially because it can help you avoid more expensive repairs that occur when we ignore our vehicle."
Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council, sponsors of Car Care Month, recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle operating at its best:
1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
6. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
7. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
9. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
10. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
To help motorists follow a vehicle maintenance program, a free digital Car Care Guide can be found on the council's website at http://www.carcare.org/car-care-guide. The guide is available in English and Spanish, and includes information on service interval schedules, questions to ask a technician and tips to drive smart and save money.