Thursday, February 26, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Maintaining Your Car
As much as we depend on our cars, you'd think we would take better care of them. Yet every year, many of us waste valuable time and money at the repair shop. So, in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're going to show you how to bypass a breakdown and prevent major wear and tear.
(WSVN) -- Motherhood is a full-time job for Bridgette Dupont.
"Of all the things I've decided to do, it's been the best," she says.
But, with an active one-year old, many responsibilities are neglected, including routine car maintence.
"If we really thought about how much we used it, I think people would take a lot better care of them," says Bridgette.
The truth is many of us abuse our automobiles. If we would just remember a few pointers, we could insure a safer ride and save ourselves a fortune.
Auto Mechanic Robert Bauguerasays, "A lot of breakdowns are because people are neglecting their cars."
He adds t the neglect begins with how most people start their car. "If you start up your car by accelerating your car or maybe with a bunch of accessories on, the car needs to work a little bit harder."
Make sure when you turn off your car, you turn everything off... including the radio and the a/c.
Also stop revving your engine. This is only causing more harm.
When it comes to your tires, a good goal is to rotate them every six months
"I've seen tires with ten, twelve thousand miles that need to be replaced because people are ruining the tires, very low on air," says Robert.
Try to replace the tires every twenty to forty thousand miles.
"The pressure is one of the main problems that I see," says Robert.
Another main problem - driving on empty.
If you let the gas gage go to "E," you're likely to spread dirt and contamination.
Robert recommends filling up at no less than a quarter of a tank.
"Whatever the gas touches, it's going to wear," says Robert.
As for your engine wearing down, make a note to change the air filter every three thousand miles... and change the timing belt every 60 thousand miles.
Bridgette's learning to take care of her car.
With little Dylan in the backseat, she wants to be ready for the ride of their life.
"I don't want it to effect the safety of the car," Bridgette says, "because anything that effects the safety of the car would maybe make it dangerous for Dylan."
Another tip, drive your car regularly. Letting your car sit without running can be as damaging as driving it too hard.
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