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2014-07-22 12:21:40

AC on the Fritz is the Pits BETHESDA, Md., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the summer heat drives you to distraction, the last thing you need is a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system when you're on the road. Checking your vehicle's A/C annually will help you keep your cool when temperatures soar, says the Car Care Council. "Getting stuck in traffic is stressful enough, but getting stuck in traffic during the heat of summer without a functioning A/C is the pits," said Rich...

2014-07-08 12:20:56

BETHESDA, Md., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the heat of summer is wearing you down, it is likely taking its toll on your car's battery too. Contrary to popular belief, summer highs rather than winter lows pose the greater threat to battery life, according to the non-profit Car Care Council. Sooner or later all batteries have to be replaced. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging...

2014-06-24 12:21:46

Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Can Make the Difference BETHESDA, Md., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Road trip car trouble can be a real nightmare, but performing a pre-trip vehicle check helps drivers avoid a vacation breakdown disaster, says the Car Care Council. "When dreaming about summer vacation, the thought of a roadside breakdown can be terrifying," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Performing a pre-trip driveway inspection gives motorists peace of mind by...

2014-06-10 12:21:25

Regular Auto Care is the Best Preventive Medicine BETHESDA, Md., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the hot summer temperatures on the rise, knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system are critical to your summer driving plans, since cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. The most noticeable symptoms are overheating, leaks, a sweet smell of antifreeze and repeatedly needing to add coolant, according to the Car Care Council. "Neglecting your...

2014-06-02 12:22:13

BETHESDA, Md., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maintaining your vehicle's tires is not only essential to getting better gas mileage, but it is also crucial to ensuring safety on the road. To maximize tire life, the Car Care Council recommends checking tire condition and pressure regularly, and there is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week. "It takes only five minutes to check tire inflation, including the spare. Since tires effect a vehicle's ride, handling...

2014-05-20 12:21:53

Avoid a mid-trip breakdown with a pre-tip vehicle check BETHESDA, Md., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If your summer vacation plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to be car care aware and ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The Car Care Council recommends the...

2014-05-06 12:21:13

BETHESDA, Md., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most young people look forward to the day they get their driver's license, but with the new found freedom also comes the responsibility of caring for their car. To help new drivers understand the importance of auto care, the non-profit Car Care Council offers a variety of online resources for new drivers on its website, www.carcare.org. "Before handing over the keys to a new driver, it's a good idea to take some time to educate...

2014-04-16 12:20:55

BETHESDA, Md., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When serious engine trouble hits, the non-profit Car Care Council reminds vehicle owners that repowering their current vehicle rather than buying a new one is the cost-effective, "green" way to go. "When it comes to your vehicle, it's great to be green," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "By repowering the vehicle you already own, you will extend its useful life and significantly reduce its impact on the...

2014-04-10 16:20:44

6 Simple Car Care Tips to Increase Gas Mileage BETHESDA, Md., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring is here and so are rising gas prices. Not to worry, says the Car Care Council. A few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a long way toward protecting the environment. "Many motorists don't realize that fuel consumption is directly related to auto care and has a significant impact on how much gas you use," said Rich White,...

2014-03-31 16:20:34

BETHESDA, Md., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many vehicles were neglected during the recent brutal winter months, and could use a little extra care by now. The Car Care Council recommends setting aside a little time during National Car Care Month in April to get your vehicle ready for the spring and summer driving season. "Your car has gotten you through one of the worst winters in recent memory, working overtime in harsh conditions, but the extreme cold, potholes and road salt...


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