Crystal Lake and Barrington Auto Repair

Back-to-school checklist for your car with Douglas Automotive

You’re sending your kids back to school or off to college soon.

You’ve shopped for all their essentials, but have you checked out the one thing that’s more important than all those clothes and books? The car they’ll be driving. Or for that matter, the car you’ll be driving to take the younger ones to soccer practice and ballet lessons.

To keep Susie safe on the road, check off the following (Better yet, take Susie with you to check the following):

●       Battery. Check for corrosion on the terminals. Also, if it’s more than four years old, consider buying a new one. Have your mechanic check to see how much life it has left.

●       Fluid levels. Check oil, transmission, brake fluid and coolant, and make sure they’re topped off.

●       Warning lights. They’re there for a reason. Have them checked out. Especially the “check engine” light. Could save you a bundle down the road.

●       Tires. How’s the tread? Use the new quarter test (Sorry, Abe, the penny is passe`). Put it upside down in the tread. If you see the top of Washington’s head, it’s probably time for new tires. Check for proper air pressure, too.

●       Brakes. Check brake pads to make sure there is plenty of life left for sudden stops.

●       Belts, hoses, air conditioning, heater. Make sure they all work.

●       Finally, test-drive your car to see if anything isn’t quite right.

The experts at Douglas Automotive, in Barrington and Crystal Lake will give your car a back-to-school check up and put it in top running condition so you can have peace of mind knowing your loved ones are road safe.

One last thing. Teach your student drivers to check fluid levels (especially oil, and yes, even gas), tires, and brakes periodically. They’ll thank you later.

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