Ten minute check up for your vehicle
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:19:16 GMT —
Safety is always a priority when traveling.
But before you adjust your seat, check your mirrors and buckle your seat belt, a quick check of your vehicle will make for more time to enjoy all your Thanksgiving festivities.
KHQA's Jarod Wells has a ten minute check list you can use in this KHQA Safe Family Consumer Report.
A quick check under the hood and around your car could save you time, money and headaches on your holiday trip. First, check all your fluids; engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer fluid, antifreeze and coolant. Next, check your hoses and belts.
Owner of Hagg's Automotive Tom Haggerty said, "On the hoses you want to make sure they're not real soft or hard, the belts you want to look to see if there's a lot of cracks in it or not."
Make sure everything's properly connected. Hoses and belts are vital for proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering. Then check your tires.
Haggerty said, "Air pressure in the tires is a big one because that effects gas mileage and things like that."
Check all your lights; headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals.
Haggerty said, "Of course with the holiday season you want to make sure the license plate lights are working."
Finally your windshield wipers. Most people don't think about their wipers until they start streaking, which could be in the middle of your trip.
Haggerty said, "If it's been a while go ahead and replace them or make sure that the rubber isn't flaking off on them."
A quick ten minutes and you can be confident your car is ready to go.
Giving your car a quick check up may be a great idea, but there are some things better left to the pros.
Walletpop.com recently published an article outlining eight jobs you're better off leaving to the experts.
One of those jobs was changing the oil on your car, which many people attempt to do themselves.
Haggerty says cars now-a-days are different and it may be hard for people to reach all the right parts without specialized tools.
And if you put in the wrong type of oil, too much or too little it could seriously damage your engine.
Plus, Haggerty says when you leave it to the pros, you get much more than an oil change.
"Just getting under there and draining the oil, changing the filter isn't a complete service. If you're underneath there laying on your back or people pull it up on their ramps, you're not going to see the leaks. If it's not on a hoist you're not going to be able to check the wheel bearings, the front end," said Haggerty.
A DIY oil change may also get more expensive when you factor in fees for disposing of used oil and the fine you could get if you're found illegally dumping it.