Category Archives: Sophie’s Car Care Tips

Car maintanance

Clean your engine

There are several reasons to wash your engine at least every year or two. A clean engine will run cooler than a dirty one. You’ll be more apt to tackle routine belt and hose checks and the like if you … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the PCV valve

The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve is an emissions control device on older cars — check your service manual to see if your car has one.The valve recirculates partially burned gases from the engine’s crankcase to the combustion chamber. Important … Continue reading

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Give your car a new skin

  New self-adhering urethane films have been developed to protect the most vulnerable painted areas on your car from stone chips and other minor abrasions.You can wash and wax these surfaces, just as you would the rest of the paint … Continue reading

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Place a towel under baby seats

All manner of food bits and liquids can accumulate under a baby seat, where they can permanently stain the upholstery. Place a sheet of heavy plastic and an absorbent towel under the seat to prevent damage, and re-secure the seat … Continue reading

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Your Car’s Weatherstripping

Wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All) or silicone on door and window weatherstripping to keep it in good condition. Don’t use an oilbased product, such as WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. Regular cleaning and treatment of … Continue reading

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Lighten Up Your Key Chain

Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? That’s a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it’s in the ignition.The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the … Continue reading

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Rev on the Red Line….NOT!

You should already understand that your car’s red line is not the starting point for throttle position; if you don’t, the painful sound of bouncing off the rev limiter should smack some sense into you. Less obvious is that you … Continue reading

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Don’t “Over-Octane”

A tank of 93 octane fuel will not turn your Kia into a Koenigsegg, sorry. The extra octane in premium unleaded gas does no special favors for engines with low to moderate compression, that are designed to run on regular … Continue reading

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Strange Car Care Tips

   Strange Car Care Tips One of the biggest pains of keeping up with a car can be the beautification process. Washing, waxing and polishing can be expensive and timely. If you have children, you also know how annoying it … Continue reading

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Vehicle Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

How to ensure a long, trouble-free operation of your car’s air conditioning system Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle’s air conditioning system allow the … Continue reading

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