If you have your car key is on a key chain with a dozen or more keys it can lead to problems with your ignition. The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Avoid this problem by purchasing a lightweight key chain that allows you to separate your ignition key from others.
If the tire valve is missing its cap you could wake up one morning with a flat tire. Those little caps keep out dirt and moisture that can cause leaks. When you replace your tires remind the tire shop that you want new valves with the tires.
Fill your windshield washer reservoir with washer fluid only, water will not clean as well and may freeze in cold weather and damage the system. To avoid having to repair the washer fluid pump don’t run the windshield washing system if there is no more fluid in the tank.
After the cold winter be sure to check your brakes. A warning sign that your brakes need to be replaced might be brake noises including excessive grinding, squealing, screeching or chatter.
With Spring coming make sure and change your wipers. Your wipers work hard all winter. It is a good idea to replace them in the spring to be ready for April showers.
Do not race your car’s engine at start-up, this is a quick way to add years of wear to your engine, especially if it’s cold outside.
With colder temperature approaching make sure your battery is up to par. Check your battery terminals, you can remove any corrosion with a toothbrush and a mix of baking soda and water.
Run the air-conditioning while defrosting the windshield, AC air is dry so it will take the moisture out of the air by dehumidifying as it cools. If you are cold, adjust the temperature so that the AC pumps out warm air.
When driving your car don’t use your toe on the accelerator this makes it harder to keep steady pressure and leads to excess gas consumption. Instead drive with your foot flat on the pedal, ease up on the accelerator a bit and lower your top speed on the freeway.
Although on board computer and electronic ignition has eliminated the need for a regular tune-up, the spark plugs still need to be changed. It is recommended changing plugs every 30,000 or 40,000 miles to ensure good fuel mileage and engine performance. When you change your spark plugs make sure and change your spark plug wires also.