Phoenix Area Mechanics Share Expertise During Car Care Month

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Phoenix Area Mechanics Share Expertise During Car Care Month

 

PHOENIX – With summer fast approaching, National Car Care Month (April) is a perfect time for Valley drivers to get their vehicles ready for road trips and warmer temperatures.

Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are available to discuss and demonstrate any maintenance issues, including these five critical checks:

Tires

Examine for cuts and cracks and check the wear on your treads. Tire pressure is also important. If it’s too low, fuel efficiency takes a ding, plus you run the risk of getting a flat. Here’s how to check pressure;

1.     Find the manufacturer’s recommended pressure in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jam.

2.     Unscrew the valve stem and store the cap in safe place.

3.     Push the pressure gauge against the valve stem. As soon as the dial moves, remove the gauge.

4.     Read the gauge and compare to the recommended pressure. If it’s too low, you can use an air compressor yourself or take it to a trusted shop.

Brakes

How you drive, what you drive and the quality of brake lining material can affect brake wear. Owners can check brakes while driving by listening. If you hear a metal scraping sound on the wheels, it could mean the pads need replaced. When pads are worn, you may notice a vibration on the brake pedal or the steering wheel. If a warning light appears, take it to a certified mechanic for an inspection right away. Annual inspections are recommended at trusted shops that conduct thorough inspections, including fluid level, pads, rotor thickness, brake lines, hoses, and lights.

Battery

 To avoid being stranded and waiting for help, make sure connections are tight and corrosion-free. NARPRO members can run a diagnostic test to pinpoint potential trouble or provide a green light for travel.

 

Wipers

If your blades leave streaks or they’re frayed or cracked, your safety could be at risk. Here’s how to replace them:

1.     Depending on the style, you will either slide the blade down toward the base of the arm and it will unhook or look for a tab or button to lift or push to release the blade.

2.     Slide the new blades on the opposite way the old ones came off. You’ll hear a click when they are correctly positioned.

3.     Turn them on to test.

Lights

Properly functioning lights help you and others on the road. How to check:

Headlights – turn them on and visually check both regular and high beams.

Hazards – on your dashboard, press the triangle-shaped button. Walk around the exterior to make sure lights are blinking on both sides.

Turn signals – activate the left signal, get out and check that it’s blinking in the front and rear of the car. Repeat for the right side.

You’ll need a friend to help with the last one:

Taillights – tap on brakes to make sure both light at the rear of the car are working.

 

NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals)

The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.

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