* Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.
* Flush and refill the cooling system according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. Let the engine cool down before removing the radiator cap.
* Have drivability problems, including hard starts, rough idling and stalling, corrected.
* If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, look for repair facilities that employ ASE-certified automotive technicians.
* The tightness and condition of belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a qualified
* Have a marginally operating air-conditioning system serviced by a qualified technician.
* Change the oil and oil filter as specified in the owner's manual. Properly dispose of used oil.
* Replace other filters, like the air and fuel filters, as recommended.
* Check the condition of all tires, including the spare. Let tires "cool down" before checking air pressure.
* Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs.
* Replace worn wiper blades, and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to fight summer's dust and insects.
For a free brochure with summertime automotive tips, send a self-addressed, stamped, long envelope to: ASE Summer Brochure, Department NU-104, 101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E., Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, or visit www.ase.com for more information.
ASE was founded in 1972 as a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE-certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact
areas of certification. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign.
Media Release Date: 4/7/04