It is back to school time for college students. That means it is a good time for parents to make sure the car their scholar is driving is ready to roll and keep on rolling. Kenny "The Car Guy" Walters, the owner of Mufflers and More in Walled Lake offers these tips to get cars in tip top shape:
Fluids. Check the car's fluid levels under the hood. Remember to keep an eye out for engine oil fluctuations and other fluid levels such as coolant, transmission, brake and power steering fluids. The owner's manual will explain where all these fluids are located and what their levels should look like. Also look at the date on the battery (under the hood) - if it's more than two or three years old, have it checked.
Lights and signals. The car's owner's manual should be the first book your child studies for the Back-to-School season. Parents should review the manual with their teen so that he/she knows what dashboard warnings and indicator lights signify. If one of these lights blinks on Tires. Check tire pressure. Young drivers should make this a routine so they don't fall into the adult pattern of procrastinating or forgetting altogether. Strong, sturdy tires lead to parental peace of mind. Check the manual or inside of the driver's door for the vehicle's optimal tire pressure and keep a gauge in the glove compartment.
Wipers. Look at the wipers to make sure they are intact and working. Most of the time, you can tell how the wipers are doing just by turning them on. If they streak or chatter against the windshield, it's time to get new ones. Drivers should replace their wipers every six to 12 months regardless. Driver safety depends on visibility - don't jeopardize it because of faulty wipers.
Clean up. Make sure the car has been tidied up and all the teen's valuables are stashed in nonvisible spaces. Remove clutter from the car. It's important not just for cleanliness, but also for safety. A plastic bottle, soda can or food container could roll under the break or gas pedal and lodge there.
· Rid your exterior of any rust or falling parts, and wash and wax the car so the student rolls into school feeling confident.