October is Car Care Month: Optimize Performance With These Tips From Evans

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October is national car care month. And the timing is spot on, as many of us start to plan fall getaways and make sure our cars are in good shape for traveling long distances in a variety of weather conditions. Whatever your vehicle, optimize performance with these car care tips from Evans.

1. Consider the coolant.

If you want the best performance, consider what type of coolant you’re using. With Evans Waterless Coolant, you don’t need to flush the system and replace the fluid annually. Evans has more than 20 years of proven functionality to last the life of the system—no flushing or replacing required. That means you enjoy reduced operating costs and more time on the road.

Evans Waterless Coolant has a boiling point above 375ºF, which blows the competition out of the water, quite literally. Unlike water-based coolants (which are typically a 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol and water with a boiling point of 212ºF), Evans Waterless Coolant pulls heat away from the engine to prevent overheating, boil-over and loss of coolant better than any other option.

Need we say more? OK, there are a few other things to consider to keep your car operating at its peak performance and to extend its life.

2. Change fluids and air filters.

The secret to why one neighbor’s clunker is still chugging along and your other neighbor seems to be on the market for a new car every few years could simply be about regular maintenance. Changing the oil keeps your engine in good condition because it acts as a lubricant and also collects dirt and contaminants—don’t let that grime build up when a simple oil change will do the trick. And remember to replace transmission, brake and power steering fluids, too. If you have your car serviced, they usually check air filters as part of the process. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, don’t skip this step. Dirty air filters reduce airflow, which also reduces horsepower and fuel efficiency.

3. Inspect your tires.

Taking good care of your tires is important. Pay attention to air pressure and make sure to have tires rotated as needed. 

4. Replace normal wear-and-tear parts.

The timing belt should be replaced every 50,000-70,000 miles. Make sure parts like headlights, taillights and spark plugs are in good working order, and replace as needed.

5. Check the battery.

Look for signs of corrosion and loose electrical connections. Waiting for roadside assistance in the sweltering heat is no picnic—avoid it by checking your battery a few times every year.

6. Reduce the weight of keychains.

If your ride has keyless entry, you’re in luck. If not, opt for a different vacation tchotchke and leave any unnecessary keys at home. The added weight can strain an ignition switch, which is a costly replacement.

Lastly, we’ll leave with you the sage advice to remember the rules of the road as you embark on your great American road trip this fall. See you out there.