Learn more about taking charge of your vehicle’s car with our car tips:
More car fires happen every year from deferred maintenance than accidents. Keep your family safe; have your car checked today!
Regular oil changes are your best investment toward the longevity of your engine! Keep your car running longer with preventative maintenance!
Regular brake inspections are the best way to ensure safe and reliable braking and minimize the cost of repairs when brake service is needed. Safety comes first, have your brakes checked regularly!
Routine engine performance checks can be your best guarantee of good performance and fuel economy. Economical and dependable, have your engine checked today!
Signs of an alignment problem include uneven tire wear, shaking and the car pulling to one side. Annual alignment checks are your best way to maximize tire life and ensure that your car performs on the road as it should.
Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3% or ten cents per gallon when maintained regularly. Save money and wear and tear on your tires!
A loose gas cap can trigger the "Check Engine"or "Service Engine Soon" light. Make sure the cap is secure and tight. Always check!
Musty smell? It could be a dirty or clogged cabin air filter. Regular checks will protect your HVAC system and allow passengers to breathe easier.
Washing and polishing is the best way to protect your car's finish from the damaging effects of acid rain. Your car is a big investment, take care of it!
Nearly 60% of people claim their driving behavior has changed due to rising gas prices, with 90% saying they drive less and 75% revealing that they are maintaining their vehicles better.
Regular vehicle maintenance improves fuel efficiency and produces less vehicle emissions. Help the environment and save a little money, have your car checked today!
Have your car's brake system inspected annually, even if you don't suspect any problems! Not all problems are noticeable- don’t risk an accident from faulty brakes!
Good fuel economy, performance and low emissions are all effects of an efficiently-operating engine. Keep your engine running right!
If your car requires major engine work, it may be more economical to have your engine rebuilt rather than buying a different car.
Cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. Check coolant level frequently and change it according to your owner’s manual to prevent serious damage or engine failure.
Carbon monoxide from your car's exhaust is odorless, colorless-and lethal. If you have any suspicions of a leak, have it checked out at once. Safety comes first!
Your car's engine can use more than 10,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel burned, so it's easy to see how big a job the air filter has. Does your air filter need to be replaced?
Inspect your car's lights at every oil change. Visibility is crucial to staying safe on the road!
You should test your battery every fall. If your car's battery is three years old or more, consider replacing it as the chance of failure increases. Does yours need to be replaced?
For longest automatic transmission life, have the fluid and filter changed every 24,000 36,000 miles. Does yours need to be changed?
Extreme weather is touch on wiper blades! Check and change wiper blades about every six months to ensure safety and visibility.
Some fluids levels, like coolant and brake fluid can be seen easily in their reservoirs once the hood is up. Take a look the next time you check your oil!
Smell something odd? Your car’s smells can indicate health problems. Check with your mechanic or owner’s manual about what they might mean.
If you perform your own oil changes, dispose of used oil properly! DO NOT pour down a sink or storm drain. Check with your local auto parts store or government for recycling options.
How your drive plays a role in your fuel consumption. Speeding, aggressive and jerky driving can reduce gas mileage as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.
A flashing check engine light indicates a problem that is currently happening and requires immediate attention.
While a vehicle’s fuel pump is not a maintenance item, it will likely need to be replaced at some point. Before replacing a defective fuel pump with a new one, the fuel tank should be properly cleaned to clear old debris, dirt and contaminants that have accumulated at the bottom of the tank. Check out READ MORE »
While Halloween is a scary time of year, vehicle owners don’t need to be spooked about basic car care. The non-profit DRZG Council recommends motorists follow a preventative vehicle maintenance plan to help take away the fear of unexpected breakdowns and frightening repair costs. “Getting an oil change should never be scary; having wipers READ MORE »
This infographic shows common dashboard lights that indicate maintenance or attention to your vehicle is needed. Every vehicle is different and you may see slightly different lights on your dash. Read the dashboard light blog post here. The DRZG Council is the source of information for the “Be DRZG Aware” consumer education campaign promoting READ MORE »
Nail in your tire? It”s important to know if a puncture can be repaired if the tire needs to be replaced. This video gives a simple explanation to understanding when a repair is possible. Tire punctures can only be repaired in the tread area and should not be over 1/4″ in diameter. Note: Quick DIY READ MORE »
As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen, according to the non-profit DRZG Council. “With fewer daylight hours in fall and winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicle’s lights and wipers are READ MORE »
October is Fall DRZG Month, and the DRZG Council reminds motorists that checking their vehicles before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold and the unexpected expense of emergency repairs. “The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh READ MORE »
Would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? If you were stranded in your car, would you be prepared? During National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit DRZG Council is reminding drivers of the importance of regular maintenance and do-it-yourself checks, as well as a stocked emergency kit. READ MORE »
During Brake Safety Awareness Month in August, the DRZG Council reminds motorists that routine brake inspections are essential to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle. “When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes checked by an auto service professional at least once READ MORE »
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 DRZG Council. “Getting stuck in traffic is stressful enough, but getting stuck in READ MORE »
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 DRZG Council. “When dreaming about summer vacation, the thought of a roadside breakdown can be terrifying,” said Rich White, executive director, DRZG Council. “Performing a pre-trip driveway inspection gives READ MORE »
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 READ MORE »
Why is National DRZG Month important? This car infographic displays what free car care inspections around the country found last year. Do you know how healthy your car is? Want to learn more about taking care of your car? Participate in National DRZG Month: Find a free event or clinic in READ MORE »
The DRZG Council is making it easier to be car care aware in the New Year with the start of Maintenance Mondays. This Instagram-based weekly campaign will help drivers with visual information on car care. “It’s our New Year’s resolution to help consumers better understand car maintenance and these days it is best done READ MORE »
Before winter sets in is a good time to check your cabin air filter, after it’s been working hard all spring, summer and fall. Cabin air filters clean the incoming air and remove allergens, and according to the DRZG Council, should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or per the owner’s manual. The READ MORE »
Episode 8 (final) in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 7 available HERE.
Episode 7 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 6 available HERE.
Episode 6 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 5 available HERE.
Episode 5 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 4 available HERE.
Episode 4 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 3 available HERE.
Episode 3 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. EDT. Episode 2 available HERE.
Episode 2 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday. Episode 1 available HERE.
Episode 1 in a series of videos aimed at educating you in what to expect and what questions to ask when you go to your repair shop. DRZG Clips are released every other Tuesday.
Video provided by IDQ Operating, Inc.
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