Brakes: Are your front brakes wearing out too soon? Let Skeeter show you why this is.
Fuel Injectors: Dirty fuel injectors make your cars use more gas, and they can cost $100 each plus labor to replace.
Electric Windows: Replacing your electric windows motor can be expensive. When using your electric windows as soon as the window is completely up or down, release the switch immediately. This keeps from overheating the window motor or switches.
Power Steering Leaks: When turning the car full left or right, do not hold the steering wheel all the way over until it stops. Let off the wheel and inch or two. When you hold the wheel fully all the way to the left or right, it will finally blow out the power steering hoses or pump from having too much pressure generated by the power steering pump.
Windshield Wipers: Do not allow your windshield wipers to run on a dry windshield. This will shorten the life of the wiper blades and will overheat the wiper motor causing premature failure and expenses. Use the product Rain X on your windshield. This product is available at most large car washes or you can purchase it yourself. This will make driving in the rain and at night time more enjoyable and safer.
Transmission: Set the emergency brake when you stop the car and then put the transmission in park. This takes the strain off of the transmission parking mechanism. Also it helps in some cars to keep the rear brakes adjusted. When backing up or going forward, when you shift from reverse to forward make sure that you bring the vehicle to a complete stop, then shift gears. This will lengthen the life of the transmission, motor supports, transmission supports, universal joints, front wheel c/v joints and axles. When in stop and go traffic in the summer put the transmission in neutral as much as you can. This takes the load off the transmission and motor and will let the motor and transmission oil cool off quicker. Thus extending the life of the motor and transmission.
Timing Belts: Failed timing belts cause extensive valve repairs.
Car Doctor Automotive Text Tips
- When turning on the a/c compressor when you are at speeds of 55-60 mph, let off of the accelerator and let the car coast a little and then turn the compressor on.
- Change your motor oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Make sure that you have the filter changed at the same time. Lube the front-end components at the same time.
- When planning a trip make sure that you always carry two gallons of drinking water, a roll of silver duct tape, nylon tie straps, flashlight, jumper cables, first aid kit. Also check to make sure the spare tire is inflated. And check to make sure you have the proper equipment for changing a tire such as a jack, lug wrench, hubcap key, 2 cans of fix a flat. And if available, a cell phone.