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Tips on Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Summer



Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance...Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! 
Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

     
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•    Air Conditioning

A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by The Master Mechanics. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Ask The Master Mechanics to inspect the cabin filter at your next service


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•    Windshield Wipers

A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

•    Battery

Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment



•    Cooling System

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked the next time you have your vehicle serviced.

•    Lights

Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.






•    Oil

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.


•    Brakes

Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.



•    Engine Performance

Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected as soon as possible. Prolonging repairs could cause other problems.



•    Tires

Have your tires rotated about every 6,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.



.   Emergencies

Carry some basic tools —Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight.



For More Helpful Tips
Visit
- www.AAA.com






The Master Mechanics & Napa Auto Parts Give Back
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   The Master Mechanics awarded $500 of free auto repair and Napa Auto Parts awarded $500 of free auto parts to school student, Kayshaun Fitzgerald as part of the Napa Auto Care "Nominate Someone in Need" program.  Friends, neighbors, churches and others could all nominate someone they felt needed their cars repaired. Those nominated were chosen in November. This was a great way for all the Napa Auto Care repair shops to give back to the community.  All of us at The Master Mechanics enjoyed helping someone in our community in need.

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George Warehime presents
Kayshaun with his keys




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The Master Mechanics Annual Holiday Food Collection For



The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen
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The Master Mechanics customers received $15 off their auto repair or service and helped others when they donated 10 cans
of food for The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.