GM Goodwrench offers multipoint inspections for vehicles, comprehensive diagnostic testing and complete service capabilities. In addition, its experts offer motorists the following tips:
• Tire pressure. About 20 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have underinflated tires, which can result in a blowout and a serious accident. Low tire pressure can reduce gas mileage and tire life and worn tread can lead to problems on wet and snowy roads.
• Wipers. Generally, wipers should be replaced every six months, ideally in the spring and fall. At the same time, make sure the windshield washers work properly and keep the washer fluid reservoir full.
• Lubricants and fluids. Nearly 30 percent of vehicles failed inspections as a result of too little, too much or dirty motor oil, and 26 percent had low, overfull or burnt transmission fluid.
Twenty-one percent had low or dirty power-steering fluid, 23 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid and 18 percent failed the washer fluid inspection. Improper fluid levels can affect a vehicle's safety and damage vehicle components.
• Parts. Having belts and hoses regularly inspected and replaced when needed helps motorists avoid roadside breakdowns.
Goodwrench is the service brand for GM vehicles. For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench Web site at www.good wrench.com.