With summer in full swing, kids out of school, and vacations being planned or taken, don’t forget to give your car its summer maintenance. Your car needs to be in tiptop condition before going on that long road trip or even before towing the boat to the lake for the weekend. Here are some important summer car maintenance tips to make sure your time is filled only with fun, not car repairs.
Get the Oil Changed
Keeping your oil clean is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car’s engine in top running condition. Oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, including a new filter. Clean oil ensures a clean engine. Newer car manufacturers claim you can go longer between oil changes, but it’s best to be conservative when it comes to protecting your car investment. An oil change is cheap preventive maintenance and goes a long way in protecting [...]
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Need help changing the oil in your 2012 Jeep Patriot? Gather the materials you’ll need and follow these directions: What you will need:
Filter changing tool
Replacement motor oil
Recommended: plastic or latex gloves
Recommended: paper towels
Monitor the temperature display in the instrument cluster. Wait until the oil gauge shows as lukewarm. You want to ensure you are not draining dirty oil that will scald your hands and result in an injury.
Put on the recommended plastic or latex gloves to keep your hands clean
Slide under the vehicle from the front. If you aren’t comfortable with this, use a car jack and two car jack stands to raise the car for more room
Find the oil pan. It looks like a large metal box and is located under the engine. There is a drain plug which sticks out from the [...]
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Unless reset, the “Change Oil” or the “Oil Change Required” message will continue to be illuminated in the instrument cluster of your Chrysler 300 each time you turn the ignition switch to the “on” position. To reset the oil change indicator system after performing the scheduled maintenance, turn the ignition switch to the “on” position, but do not start the engine. Next, fully depress the accelerator pedal slowly three times within ten seconds and turn the switch back to the “lock” position. If either of the messages still appears in your view, the system did not reset and you should repeat the previous action
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Many questions have been floating around about what certain indicators and symbols on the dashboard mean in the 2012 Chrysler 2012, specifically about the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Change Oil Message, and Gas Cap Message.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
One of the things that make the 2012 Chrysler 200 unique is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. TPMS is an electronic system that is designed to measure the pressure inside the four road tires and alert the driver when the pressure is getting low. But what do you do when the indicator light comes on?
The TPMS light is located in the instrument cluster. It will turn on and a chime will sound if the pressure is low in one or more of the tires. Once the light is illuminated, one or more of your tires is underinflated and should be inflated to meet the recommended standards of the tire manufacturer. This information is located on [...]