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Car Care Articles
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Appearance
Appearance: "Bells & Whistles" Enhance

"Bells & Whistles" Enhance

Considering the cost of trading in your vehicle vs. investing in enhancement accessories, the latter decision may be a "no brainer." more»

Appearance: A Clean Car Is Cool

A Clean Car Is Cool

An excellent car washing guide, which includes advice on a few commercial products that make the job easier. more»

Appearance: An Automotive Gift for Mother's Day? You Bet!

An Automotive Gift for Mother's Day? You Bet!

Describes several non-traditional Mother's Day gifts from the automotive industry. This type of unexpected, yet practical gift may be what Mom really wants. more»

Appearance: Botox For Your Car?

Botox For Your Car?

Automotive upholstery and interior repair shops, known as trim shops, can fix a drooping headliner, replace worn carpeting, repair torn upholstery and replace a weathered convertible top. more»

Appearance: Dad's

Dad's

Whether your dad is a do-it-yourselfer (DIY) or a Do-It-For-Me type (DIFM), consider an automotive gift for dad this Father's Day. more»

Appearance: High Water Headaches

High Water Headaches

While your vehicle may not have been flooded or completely covered in water, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should not be concerned about water damage. If you drove through high water, there's a chance that you may have damaged your vehicle. It all comes down to how much water the vehicle took in and where it reached. more»

Appearance: Proper Washing And Waxing Add Value To Vehicle

Proper Washing And Waxing Add Value To Vehicle

More than one-third of car owners use damaging non-automotive products when washing their cars-products that could contain harmful detergents, abrasives and additives. And almost half of motorists don't ever wax their vehicles. more»

Appearance: Rust: A Nasty Four Letter-Word

Rust: A Nasty Four Letter-Word

How to prevent rusting due to minor dings and scratches. more»

Appearance: Your Car Looks Like New. What's Your Secret?

Your Car Looks Like New. What's Your Secret?

Tips on the latest techniques to help keep car looking new. more»

Checklist
Checklist: Get Ready For Winter!

Get Ready For Winter!

Over 70 percent of motorists admit that they did not have their cars winterized in preparation for inclement weather, according to a survey conducted by the Car Care Council. Fall Car Care Month is an excellent time to take advantage of FREE vehicle inspections to make sure your car is ready for the cold weather. more»

DIY
DIY: Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers): Basic Maintenance Tools

Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers): Basic Maintenance Tools

Whether on the road or at home, you need to be equipped some basic survival items and tools that can make driving and living with your car easier, safer and more convenient. Here are some suggestions as a starting place, divided into two categories: Emergency Road Kit and Basic Maintenance Tools. You can customize the list according to your needs and your ambitions. more»

DIY: Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers): Emergency Road Kit

Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers): Emergency Road Kit

Whether on the road or at home, you need to be equipped some basic survival items and tools that can make driving and living with your car easier, safer and more convenient. Here are some suggestions as a starting place, divided into two categories: Emergency Road Kit and Basic Maintenance Tools. You can customize the list according to your needs and your ambitions. more»

Economy
Economy: 147 Million Gallons of Wasted Gas? It's a Drop in the Bucket

147 Million Gallons of Wasted Gas? It's a Drop in the Bucket

Loose gas caps are among many reasons for wasted fuel. more»

Economy: Fuel Savings Tips as Gas Prices Soar

Fuel Savings Tips as Gas Prices Soar

With gas prices exceeding two dollars a gallon in many parts of the country, the Car Care Council is offering gas-saving maintenance and driving tips that really work. more»

Economy: How to Shop For A Battery

How to Shop For A Battery

Knowing the terminology of battery ratings helps in this buying decision. more»

Economy: Keeping Your Leased Car or Buying an Off-Lease? Check It Out

Keeping Your Leased Car or Buying an Off-Lease? Check It Out

An off-lease vehicle can be a good deal if you know what you're getting into. more»

Economy: Maintaining Present Vehicle May Make Financial Sense

Maintaining Present Vehicle May Make Financial Sense

Although you may want to get rid of your present vehicle in favor of a new car, taking better care of your current set of wheels may make much more sense in the long run-helping you achieve a goal of financial freedom. more»

Economy: Penny Wise - Pound Foolish Auto Glass Decisions

Penny Wise - Pound Foolish Auto Glass Decisions

There are thousands of responsible auto glass companies in the U.S. that perform high-quality, safe windshield replacement. If you know what questions to ask in selecting a glass shop, and what to look for during the installation, you greatly improve the odds of avoiding the unprofessional practitioner. more»

Economy: Spend Your Tax Refund on One of Your Biggest Investments

Spend Your Tax Refund on One of Your Biggest Investments

Maintaining present vehicle may be key to long-term financial happiness. The Car Care Council estimates that more than $62 billion in vehicle maintenance and repair is not performed every year, evidence that there is considerably more that consumers should be doing to protect their automotive investment. more»

Economy: Stress Management Works for Holidays and Automobiles

Stress Management Works for Holidays and Automobiles

Take care of your car's seasonal services immediately and make plans to get ahead of the game next year. An early visit to your repair facility provides the opportunity to budget for unanticipated repairs. more»

Economy: Take Control of Rising Gas Prices

Take Control of Rising Gas Prices

Consumers can add miles to every gallon they pump by following a few easy and inexpensive maintenance steps with their car, SUV, minivan or pickup truck. more»

Economy: The Road to a Long-Lasting Automobile

The Road to a Long-Lasting Automobile

Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. more»

Maintenance & Repair
Maintenance & Repair: Air Conditioning Service

Air Conditioning Service

Your car’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps your car interior comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. The HVAC system also helps improve defroster operation. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Appearance

Appearance

Keeping a vehicle looking brand new is tough, even with today’s long-lasting finishes. Dents, dings, cracked glass and dirty upholstery are several items that age the appearance of a vehicle. Fortunately, technology and advances in vehicle protectants have helped rectify these problems, making the fixes quicker and less expensive. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Are Dirty Cabin Air Filters Preventing You From Breathing Easily in Your Car?

Are Dirty Cabin Air Filters Preventing You From Breathing Easily in Your Car?

Did you know that contaminants such as pollen, dust, mold spores, exhaust gases and smog can make the air in the car six times dirtier than the air outside. To protect you against this, your car may have a cabin interior air filter. Though many people have never even hear of a cabin interior air filter, chances are, if your vehicle is model year 2000 or newer, it may be equipped. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Avoiding a Stalled Vehicle

Avoiding a Stalled Vehicle

A stalled car can cause a ripple effect that brings out the worst in drivers. Don't let your car put you in jeopardy. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Bad News: An Engine Totalled

Bad News: An Engine Totalled

Ignoring warning lights can lead to ruining an engine. But don't be too quick to get rid of an otherwise good vehicle because the engine is shot. Here's good information on other options. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Belts and Hoses

Belts and Hoses

Many experts urge replacing belts, radiator and heater hoses at specific recommended intervals to prevent your car from breaking down. Losing a belt today means big trouble for the engine because serpentine belts are used on most engines to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. If the belt snaps, everything is lost and you may be stranded. Older cars use individual V-belts for these various accessories. A blown hose results in an overheated engine and can cause additional engine damage. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Brake Service

Brake Service

The brake system is your car’s most important safety system. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair so that your car can continue to operate as designed. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Breathe Right in Your Car

Breathe Right in Your Car

We never think of our vehicles as having anything but clean air in the passenger compartment, but studies have proven that the air in the cabin, as it’s called, can be worse than the air outside due to mold, mildew and other contaminants. So what are we to do? more»

Maintenance & Repair: Car Care Checklist

Car Care Checklist

The way we use our cars, how we drive them and the roads we drive them on have all changed. The Car Care Council has developed a service interval schedule with general guidelines for the regular maintenance of: Passenger cars, Mini vans, Pickups & SUVs. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light

In 1996, an orange light on your car’s dashboard labeled “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” became standard on all car makes and models. The light tell you there’s a problem with your car’s engine and powertrain control system. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Check Your Cool Quotient With a Cooling System Quiz

Check Your Cool Quotient With a Cooling System Quiz

This five-question, multiple choice quiz will help you brush up on your knowledge of your vehicle's cooling system. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Climate Control: Cabin Interior Air Filter

Climate Control: Cabin Interior Air Filter

The cabin air filter helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust, and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle's ventilation system, making the interior of the car a healthier place. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Cold Facts About A/C Refrigerant

Cold Facts About A/C Refrigerant

How did we ever get along without air conditioning in our cars? It's a feature we take for granted until, suddenly, it's blowing hot air. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Drivetrain Quiz

Drivetrain Quiz

Drive train maintenance is the subject of this multiple choice quiz. Material includes drive train components, including clutch, CV joints, etc. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Five Steps to a

Five Steps to a "Greener" Car

It doesn’t matter if the car you’re driving is new or old, big or small. There are preventive maintenance steps every vehicle owner can take to make sure their car is as “green” or environmentally friendly as possible. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Hot Weather the True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

Hot Weather the True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

Summer is the season for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens battery life, says the Car Care Council. more»

Maintenance & Repair: It's All in the Timing

It's All in the Timing

The timing belt: what it is, what it does, why it should be replaced as recommended and what could happen if it should fail. more»

Maintenance & Repair: It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs, today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Oil, Filters and Fluids

Oil, Filters and Fluids

Critical parts of your engine are lubricated, cleaned and cooled by your car’s oil and filter. Other specifically formulated fluids are used for the operation and protection of systems and components such as brakes, power steering, automatic transmissions, and cooling and axles. Your car may also be equipped with a variety of filters including those for the transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Road Construction Can Be Tough on Vehicles

Road Construction Can Be Tough on Vehicles

Summer 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. more»

Maintenance & Repair: The True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

The True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

Here’s a hot tip about car batteries: Warm weather is the time for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens battery life. The average life of a battery is three and a half years, and even shorter in warmer climates. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Tire Service

Tire Service

Your car’s tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety. Tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Tune-Up

Tune-Up

A proper and routine tune-up allows your engine to work hand-in-hand with the rest of your car’s powertrain. This is how optimum car performance is achieved. more»

Maintenance & Repair: What is Your Check Engine Light Telling You?

What is Your Check Engine Light Telling You?

One of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle is the ‘Check Engine’ light. It alerts the driver to a variety of potential problems based on the vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system. more»

Maintenance & Repair: Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Maintaining your car’s wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety. more»

Safety
Safety: A Change for the Better? Just Ask Your Brakes

A Change for the Better? Just Ask Your Brakes

Most motorists don't realize that contaminated brake fluid creates a dangerous situation. System should be flushed and fluid changed periodically. more»

Safety: Brake Safety Compromised With Contaminated Brake Fluid

Brake Safety Compromised With Contaminated Brake Fluid

Brake fluid, which can become contaminated, should be replaced periodically as a safety measure. more»

Safety: Comprehensive Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Comprehensive Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

This article explains why motorists whould give their vehicle a complete physical before a vacation trip. It includes the items to check. more»

Safety: Connecting Jumper Cables

Connecting Jumper Cables

This article explains how to connect jumper cables safely. more»

Safety: Consumers Can Avoid Problems by Watching for Warning Signs

Consumers Can Avoid Problems by Watching for Warning Signs

When it comes to your car's safety, brakes top the list of systems that need monitoring. However, many people are unaware of the signs that indicate a car's brakes may need maintenance or repair. more»

Safety: Consumers Can Avoid Problems by Watching for Warning Signs

Consumers Can Avoid Problems by Watching for Warning Signs

When it comes to your car's safety, brakes top the list of systems that need monitoring. However, many people are unaware of the signs that indicate a car's brakes may need maintenance or repair. more»

Safety: Does on the Road Again Mean on the Phone Again?

Does on the Road Again Mean on the Phone Again?

A cell phone, like so many other things in a vehicle can be a life saver...or a dangerous distraction. Here are some points to consider. more»

Safety: For Safer Teen Drivers, Read This Before Handing Over The Keys

For Safer Teen Drivers, Read This Before Handing Over The Keys

Here's valuable advice on teaching young drivers about preventive maintenance. more»

Safety: Replace Wiper Blades for Safety

Replace Wiper Blades for Safety

Why put up with worn wipers? They're so easy to replace. more»

Safety: Spring Showers Bring Driving Safety Hazards

Spring Showers Bring Driving Safety Hazards

Worn out tires and windshield wiper blades are symptoms of neglected vehicle maintenance that put drivers and passengers at serious risk during the typically rainy months of spring. more»

Safety: Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Driving on Halloween can be frightening for motorists, especially when little “ghouls” and “goblins” – out after dark and full of excitement – forget road safety rules or wear costumes or masks that limit their vision... more»

Safety: Vehicle Prep for Daylight Savings Time: Inspect Your Vehicle’s Lights So You’re Not Left in the Dark

Vehicle Prep for Daylight Savings Time: Inspect Your Vehicle’s Lights So You’re Not Left in the Dark

Proper vehicle lighting will be vital to safety when daylight-savings time ends on October 26. To prepare for fewer hours of daylight and the extra hours of darkness, the Car Care Council encourages motorists to take a few minutes to inspect their vehicles to ensure that all of the lights are working properly. more»

Safety: Vehicle Roll Overs - Properly Replaced Windshields Essential

Vehicle Roll Overs - Properly Replaced Windshields Essential

The windshield is a crucial component in preserving the structural integrity of the vehicle?s passenger compartment during rollovers. If a damaged windshield is not properly replaced and becomes dislodged from the vehicle during rollover, roof crush resistance may be compromised. more»

Safety: Your Windshield IQ - What You Don't Know Could Be Dangerous

Your Windshield IQ - What You Don't Know Could Be Dangerous

In the modern automobile and truck, the windshield is part of the vehicle's safety restraint system (SRS), that also includes air bags and seat belts. If any of these safety components are damaged or are inoperable for any reason, the effectiveness of the entire SRS could be compromised. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts
Vehicle Systems & Parts: Belts and Hoses

Belts and Hoses

Your car’s belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. Don’t take these routine replacement intervals for granted because they can break down and leave you stranded. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Brake System

Brake System

Your car’s brake system is its most critical safety system and you should check it immediately if you suspect any problems. A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation under a wide variety of conditions. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Emission System

Emission System

Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions. If your car’s engine isn’t performing up to par or the “Check Engine” light goes on, have it inspected immediately. Failure to do so can reduce your mileage per gallon of fuel or cause your vehicle to pollute. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Engine

Engine

When a car or truck suffers major engine damage, the first reaction of most vehicle owners is to buy a new or used car or truck. This makes sense in some cases, but often, it isn’t necessary. Repowering your car or truck’s worn out engine with a rebuilt/remanufactured engine can be considerably less expensive than buying a new or used car. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Engine Cooling System

Engine Cooling System

The engine cooling system affects your car’s overall dependability and engine longevity. Cooling systems have advanced over the years with new coolant formulations and new radiator designs and materials. If you suspect a problem with your cooling system, you should check it immediately. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Exhaust System

Exhaust System

Your car’s exhaust system has come a long way from the old days of exhaust pipes and mufflers. Today, the exhaust system is safety and emissions control rolled into one. Have your car’s exhaust system inspected regularly and check it immediately if you suspect any problems. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Filters and Fluids

Filters and Fluids

Your car’s filters are important to the longevity of your car and interior comfort. Maximize your car investment by replacing filters regularly. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Fuel System

Fuel System

Your car’s fuel system works with the rest of the engine control system to deliver the best performance with the lowest emissions. Check your car’s fuel system regularly or immediately if you smell gas or suspect a problem. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Lighting and Wipers

Lighting and Wipers

Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving - the chances for accidents increase if you can’t see or be seen. Some states have laws that require the headlights to be on with the wipers. If you detect any problems with your car’s lights or wipers, have them checked out at once. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Starting, Charging and Batteries

Starting, Charging and Batteries

Your car’s starting and charging systems, and the battery help ensure dependable vehicle operation whenever you drive your car and in all sorts of driving conditions. Make sure to check these systems regularly. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Steering and Suspension

Steering and Suspension

Like your car’s brake system, the steering and suspension systems are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car’s ride and handling. Have your car’s steering and suspension systems checked regularly, at least once a year and usually with a wheel alignment. more»

Vehicle Systems & Parts: Transmission

Transmission

The transmission works with the engine to provide power to your car’s wheels. Whether automatic or manual, the transmission plays a major role in the overall dependability of your car. Make sure to check it at the first sign of problems. more»


 

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