Ultimate Car Care Guide
October is Car Care Month, so now is a good time to learn about the most effective ways to care for new and older cars. The types of products that you choose can make a big difference in your car care efforts. Make sure you select the right products to make Car Care Month easier.
Essential Tasks for Car Care Month
You probably already know a little about essential car care tasks like checking tire pressure, buffing scratches and cleaning upholstery. You may not, however, know the best ways to approach these essential tasks.
Take a few cues from the professionals so you can complete the following list of essentials quickly and affordably.
Checking Tire Pressure
As the temperatures fall, your tires will lose pressure. A tire pressure gauge will let you know whether you need to add more air. If your tire does need air, most gas stations will have change-operated air compressors or many tire shops will top you off for free.
Air leaks can also cause your tires to lose pressure. If your tires lose pressure rapidly, then you should seal the hole and have a professional repair the damage or install a new tire.
Stopping an Oil Leak
An oil leak can cause your engine’s temperature to get so high that the cylinders melt. Have a mechanic inspect your car if you notice blue smoke coming from your exhaust, puddles of oil under your vehicle, or the smell of burnt oil.
Essential product: No Leak Engine Oil Stop Leak
Cleaning a Car’s Interior
Cleaning a car’s interior requires several steps. For the best results:
- Use TriNova Interior Detailer to clean your interior surfaces and remove any stains on plastic.
- Protect plastic from UV rays with TriNova UV Protectant Spray.
- Vacuum the carpets.
- Remove and wash the floor mats.
You can apply the scratch remover by hand or use an orbital polisher to finish the job quickly. The product works for most scratches as long as they don’t penetrate too deeply. If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, then you will need a pro to fix the damage.
Essential product: TriNova Scratch and Swirl Remover
Changing a car’s oil isn’t as hard as you might think. You just need a few supplies, something to catch the old oil, and replacement oil and oil filter. You can find complete instructions at DIY: How to Change Your Car’s Oil Yourself.
The oil stabilizer prevents rust and engine oil breakdown.
Essential product: Gold Eagle Oil Treatment
Replacing Power Steering Fluid
Practically every car comes standard with power steering, so you need to know how to change the power steering fluid.
If you notice any leaks, you can use No Leak Power Steering Stop Leak to repair the damage. No Leak stops leaks by swelling and softening rubber seals that can wear out over time. If the leak is more severe, you will need to visit a mechanic.
Essential product: No Leak Power Steering Stop Leak
Other Tasks for Car Care Month
You might not know much about the following car care tasks, but they are essential in your vehicle’s safety and performance.
Changing Brake Pads
Every time you use your brakes, your brake pad experience pressure and heat, which deteriorates your brake pads and rotors over time. You can replace them at home and hopefully save some money. You may also need to add Gold Eagle DOT 3 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid to prevent corrosion and extend the life of your brake pads.
Essential product: Gold Eagle DOT 3 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid
Replacing Old Spark Plugs
You can expect spark plugs to last around 100,000 miles. Eventually, you need to replace them. Otherwise, your engine can’t get the spark that it needs to create energy.
No matter what car care tasks you try this October, you can find the products you need in the automotive section of www.goldeagle.com.