Sunday, June 25, 2017

Road Trip
        We all love to get in our cars and just go without thinking about anything other than having fun, fun, fun! Well there is one thing that I hate the most... an unexpected expense: especially from something that I could have avoided!
         I have learned my lessons, and have made some changes in my everyday life to help avoid having to dig deep into my pockets for those surprise bills.  Every morning, before driving off I check my vehicle from the front bumper to the rear bumper. Here at Wilcox Furniture we inspect our vehicles daily to make sure they are safe on the road, and to help us avoid those unexpected expenses.  Here are some safety inspections you can perform on your own vehicle to help you get to your destination.  Remember that a well maintained vehicle means that it will run for a long time. 

Regular Maintenance
Change your oil and filters as recommended by your vehicles manufacturer (usually every 3 months or 3,000 miles). This will help your vehicle operate efficiently and increase its odds of passing the emission test. It is also important to use the type of oil and fuel recommended by the manufacturer for best performance. 

Watch for Leaks
Low fluid levels can affect the efficiency and performance of your vehicle. 

Gas Cap
Check that you gas cap is in place to avoid excess evaporative emissions.  Having a properly fitting cap will save you money at the pump, and will help you avoid too many evaporative emissions, which can trigger your vehicles check engine light. 

Watch for Warning Lights
Check your dash to make sure you don't have any warning lights. A warning light is an indication that there is a malfunction in the vehicles engine and should immediately be taken in for inspection. 

New or Old Battery?
Check your battery to make sure there is no corrosion around the cable clamps and to make sure there are no leaks. 

Take Notice of Warning Signs
Road-weary vehicles can start to show sings of a faulty emissions system, including difficulty starting or staying running at idle, jumping or shaking at higher speeds and misfires. Taking your vehicle to a certified repair shop as soon as you notice a worsening trend can catch problems before they escalate into a more major repair.

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