Car Care Tips To Extend The Life of Your Car
Do you know how to check all the fluids under the hood of your car? The next time you get an oil change
, why not watch and learn?
Darrin Schlafer, Operations Manager for Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change in the San Francisco Bay Area, says customers who know about their cars and monitor fluids can help their mechanics diagnose problems early and more importantly, avoid most major mechanical breakdowns.
Top 3 Car Maintenance Tips
- When checking most fluids, the engine is turned off. You will get a more accurate reading for your oil if the motor is cool and the vehicle is on a level surface.
- The brake fluid is in a master cylinder frequently located near the firewall on the driver’s side. If the fluid is low, don’t top it off yourself. Better to tell the shop on your next visit and have the brake linings checked.
- If you plan to check transmission fluid yourself, make sure the engine is running when you test it.
Extend the Life of Your Car
What’s the secret to getting better mileage out of your car?
Darrin Schlafer emphasizes paying attention to your car’s fluids, and he means ALL the fluids. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in your owner manuals for changing transmission fluid, anti-freeze, and power steering fluid
Bay Area drivers should follow service intervals in the manuals recommended for “severe” or “schedule b” driving, meaning city driving, stop-and-go, short trips and hills.
Mr. Schlafer says frequent oil changes, every 3,000 miles or so, are critical for longer engine life
. They’re so important that Pennzoil offers customers a limited warranty. Read more about the Pennzoil Lubrication Limited Warranty
, with is offered free with the purchase of any Pennzoil® motor oil