Put car maintenance on your spring cleaning checklist

April 2nd, 2015 by

While your home might occupy your main focus this spring, it is also important to make sure you're taking the necessary steps to maintain your car. According to the Car Care Council, vehicle inspections at community events last year revealed that 84 percent of cars required service or parts. "These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment," explained Executive Director of the Car Care Council Rich White. 

Jacob Burbrink, Internet Director at Fox 28, discusses some of the Coucil's other findings.

Problems with washer fluid and low, dirty, or leaky motor oil and coolant were some of the main issues the Council discovered through inspections last year. Power steering, brake and transmissions were also found to have relatively high rates of failure, around 13 percent.

One-fifth of inspected vehicles in 2014 needed new air filters, according to the Council, and 13 percent had the "check engine" light on. In 17 percent of inspected vehicles, the belt did not meet standards, while 8 percent of cars needed a new hose. Many cars were also found to have issues with battery cables, clamps and terminals. 

As the findings demonstrate, it is vital for car owners to have their vehicle inspected. New Brunswick requires that you take your car in for an annual safety inspection. 

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