What is the Car Care Council?

 
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If you are a car owner, you know how important it is to stay on top of maintenance and repairs for your vehicle. In order for your vehicle to last for as long as possible, it is essential to practice active car care.

If you are new to owning your car, you might be wondering what it takes to keep your car in tip-top shape throughout its life. That is where the Car Care Council comes in.

What is the Car Care Council? Well, according to carcare.org, the Car Care Council is a “non-profit organization dedicated to educating motorists about the importance of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair through its “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign.” That means the Car Care Council is there to give you essential information and tips that may help support the longevity of your vehicle.

As part of their “Be Car Care Aware” campaign, the Car Care Council puts out a handbook with essential guides and information such as:

  • Typical Maintenance and Repair
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Car Care and Environment
  • The Extra Mile (additional tips to keep your car running with optimal performance)

What Does the Car Care Council Do?

One of the Car Care Council’s biggest contributions to car education and car maintenance is the “Car Care Guide.” This information booklet is accessible online in both English and Spanish.

When people get a new car, many of them are left in the dark as to how to properly repair and maintain their vehicle. How often should you rotate tires? What is the best way to rotate tires? How often should you get the brakes checked? What do you do if one of the headlights goes out? These questions and more are answered in the Car Care Council’s “Car Care Guide.”

Inside this guide you will find tips on how often you should check and repair certain parts of your vehicle, directions on how to perform various procedures on your vehicle, diagrams, example questions you can ask your mechanic or technician, the guide even has advice for how to keep your driving habits and your car as environmentally friendly as possible.

If you have a basic question about your car, how to maintain it, or how to fix it, the Car Care Council’s “Car Care Guide” probably has the answer or can at least refer you to reputable sources to retrieve the information you’re looking for.

How Can I Practice Active Car Care?

If you want your car to last for as long as it possibly can, you definitely want to take a peek at the “Car Care Guide.”

The car repair and car maintenance guide has tips for drivers who habitually drive in “severe driving” conditions. If you just use your car for basic transportation, you probably think you would never be in a “severe driving” situation. However, drivers probably encounter some kind of “severe driving” every single day. The “Car Care Guide” describes “severe driving” as situations and conditions including:

  • Stop-and-go-traffic
  • Short commutes
  • Heavier loads: cargo, passenger or towing a trailer
  • Rough or mountainous roads
  • Dusty or salty environments
  • Driving the car before it’s had a chance to warm up
  • Driving in extremely hot or cold weather

So, if you have ever driven in traffic, had a short commute, or have driven in the summer or the winter—you technically have been through “severe driving” conditions.

That means you should make sure to utilize the included car repair information, car maintenance suggestions, and car care tips presented in the “Car Care Guide.”

What are Some Tips from the “Car Care Guide?”

According to the Car Care Council, there are regular car maintenance checks that should be performed on your vehicle every so often. To keep your car running the best it can, be sure to stay on top of your car repair and car maintenance.

The Car Care Council suggests that every 6 months, or 6,000 miles you check the:

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery and Cables
  • Belts
  • Chassis Lubrication
  • Dashboard Indicator
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Wiper Blades

According to the “Car Care Guide,” every 9 months, or 9,000 miles you should check the:

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery and Cables
  • Belts
  • Dashboard Indicator
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Oil
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

Lastly, the Car Care Council puts in the “Car Care Guide” that every 12 months, or every 12,000 miles you should check on the:

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Battery and Cables
  • Belts
  • Brakes
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Chassis Lubrication
  • Dashboard Indicator
  • Coolant (Antifreeze)
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Oil
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Tire Inflation and Condition
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Wiper Blades

Staying on top of your car repair and car maintenance may seem daunting. But with the help of the Car Care Council and the “Car Care Guide,” it can be easy to keep your car running safely and smoothly for years to come.

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