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Date: 09/03/2012
Title: Practice Preventive Vehicle Maintenance
Practice Preventive Vehicle Maintenance and keep your vehicle running at optimum levels. Regular car care is the best way to keep your car in great running condition.

(NAPSI)—“Preventive maintenance is critical for keeping vehicles operating at optimum levels,” says car-care expert Tricia Hecker, Head of Marketing for Mopar. To help, here are 10 items to check on your vehicle:

1. Brakes

Check pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.

2. Tires

Closely inspect the tread and sidewall areas of tires for uneven or irregular wear. Correct air pressure helps prevent premature wear and supports fuel economy. Check the spare, too.

3. Battery

Check for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. Test and replace battery if necessary.

4. Headlamps and Taillamps

Inspect and test all lamps to ensure proper function and alignment.

5. Shocks and Struts

Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can affect a number of related parts.

6. Engine Oil

Be sure it has the correct viscosity. Engine oil should be changed or replenished at factory-recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids affect how an engine and its components perform and could cause engine damage.

7. Fluid Levels

All vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Key fluids include antifreeze/coolant level and concentration, as well as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids.

8. Engine Belts and Hoses

Replace belts and hoses at recommended intervals.

9. Air Filter

It protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Poor airflow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption. A new air filter lets clean, unrestricted airflow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.

10. Wiper Blades

The lineup from Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brands of wiper blades, includes Beam Blades, which provide superior all-weather performance and aid driving visibility.
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