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Maintenance 101

Maintenance 101

Preventive maintenance is the most effective way to prevent costly repairs and keep your car running smoothly down the road. Below, find some terms to help you understand the basics of automotive maintenance, and be sure to bring your car into Sears Auto Center for a free multi-point inspection.

Antifreeze: cooling agent used to keep engine from overheating.

Fluid exchange: the process of flushing out old radiator fluid, followed by adding new radiator fluid as well as checking pressure conditions, radiator belts and hoses, engine belts and the radiator cap.

Fuel efficiency: the measurement of fuel economy; refers to the ratio of distance traveled per unit of fuel consumed. Fuel efficient vehicles have better fuel economy.

Irregular tread wear: the result of a variety of things, including misalignment, worn shocks or struts, over- or under-inflation of tires, and more.

Multi-point inspection: a visual inspection of your car; includes checks of the following parts:

  • Under Hood:
    • Battery
    • Battery cables
    • Air filter
    • Belts
    • Hoses
    • Fluids
  • Under Car:
    • Brakes
    • Steering & suspension
    • Drive axles
  • Tires
  • Exterior lights
  • Wiper blades

Rolling resistance: (sometimes called rolling friction or rolling drag) the force resisting the motion when a tire rolls on a surface; the lower the rolling resistance of a tire, the better the fuel efficiency

Slip angle: the angle between a rolling wheel’s actual direction of travel and the direction towards which it is pointing

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