Summerize your car

Before St. Louis' hot days arrive, get your car ready for summer. Whether your summer plans include a drive to the lake or just to the corner store, your car will thank you. A little maintenance now will keep you on the road this summer, not waiting along the roadside for assistance.

How to make your car last forever
by Tom Torbjornsen.
Minneapolis, MN : Motorbooks, 2010.

For many people, a well-maintained automobile is a source of pride and peace of mind. But for others, the idea of routine maintenance is daunting.How to Make Your Car Last Foreverwill guide you through the minefield of preventative maintenance, repair, extended warranties, and magic elixirs that claim to cure everything from oil consumption to male-pattern baldness!

Author, car repair expert, and host of satellite radio showAmerica's Car Show with Tom Torbjornsen, Tom Torbjornsen has seen it all in his 40 years in the automobile industry. Let him show you how to extend the life of your car indefinitely. InHow to Make Your Car Last Forever, he explains the what, when, and why's of automotive maintenance and repairs in easy-to-understand terms. Simple how-to projects supplement the learning with step-by-step instructions that will save you time and money.

While you may not want your car to last forever, Torbjornsen's advice will help you preserve it indefinitely while maximizing resale value down the road. Preventative maintenance is the key to the automotive fountain of youth. Let Tom Torbjornsen show you the way!

Lauren Fix's guide to loving your car : everything you need to know to take charge of your car and get on with your life
Lauren Fix.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.
  1. Includes bibliographical references and index.
  2. What's the best car out there for you? -- Now, what about insurance, warranties, and roadside assistance? -- Let's hit the road! -- "What if...?": how to handle emergencies -- How to talk with your car technician -- Do it yourself -- Love the shine, not the grime -- Personalize your ride.
The Garage Girl's guide to everything you need to know about your car
Courtney Hansen ; foreword by Jerry Hansen.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House Pub., c2007.
Hansen provides tips for proper car care in this guide from preventive maintenance to keeping an auto in top form.
Auto upkeep : basic car care, maintenance, and repair
Michael E. Gray and Linda E. Gray.
New Windsor, Md. : Rolling Hills Pub., c2007.
Includes index.
The garage girl's guide to everything you need to know about your car
Courtney Hansen.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House, c2006.
Hansen provides tips for proper car care in this guide from preventive maintenance to keeping an auto in top form.

Hot weather is hard on cars. When underhood temperatures are extreme, parts can become brittle and crack. As temperatures increase fluids quickly break down, battery life is shortened and tire pressure can drop. All of these compromise safety and lessen gasoline mileage. They increase the likelihood of higher repair costs.

The best way to prevent these problems is to schedule a seasonal inspection with a qualified technician before summer begins. The technician can:

  • Check the air conditioning and cooling systems
  • Inspect belts, filters, and hoses
  • Rotate and align tires
  • Replace wipers blades
  • Check headlights and turn signals
  • Test brakes

If you breakdown

Come to a slow stop
Signal your intentions
Pull car to a safe place
Do not stand next to car
Raise your hood
Turn on the flashers

Even the best maintained cars will sometimes break down. Be prepared by keeping an eye on your car's lights and gauges, bringing along water, taking your cell phone, and never leaving a child or pet in an unattended car.

Each summer there are over 7 million car breakdowns. Preparing your car for summer can prevent this happening to you. Take care of your automobile and it will take care of you.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff