8 Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips
March 10, 2010
Saturday, March 20, marks the first day of spring and the Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services encourages residents to use the eight tips below to prepare vehicles for the warmer weather and help alleviate the wear and tear from the winter’s harsh weather. Regular maintenance of vehicles reduces harm to the environment, prolongs use and helps to retain value.
Check your owner's manual for routine maintenance instructions and use these eight tips:
- Check the air filter (at least twice a year). Dirty filters increase fuel consumption and can cause poor performance.
- Inflate tires according to manufacturer recommendations. Under-inflated tires are a safety hazard and can cut fuel economy.
- Check all fluids, which may have become depleted during the cold weather.
- Routine oil changes will keep the engine running smoothly, reduce harmful emissions and prolong the life of the vehicle.
- Spark plugs should be in good condition. Some will last for 100,000 miles, but many need to be replaced more often.
- Wash and clean the vehicle inside and out to clean off road salt and dirt, which can tarnish paint and diminish the vehicle’s value.
- Check wiper blades, which may have become damaged from ice and freezing temperatures.
- Keep track of gas mileage. If there is a decrease in fuel economy, the vehicle may not be operating at peak performance.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
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