Schedule a tune-up before back-to-school carpools

August 8, 2011 12:00 AM

September is back-to-school season, and that means many will be teaming up with other parents from their neighborhood to take kids to and from school via carpool. With small children in the car, it's especially important to make sure a vehicle is properly maintained.

It might seem unnecessary, but scheduling diagnostics and a tune-up can often catch quite a few issues before they turn into major problems. The Car Care Council recently released their list of parts that should be looked at before the school season driving begins.

Tires, air filters, hoses, belts, wipers and fluid levels are all things that most drivers can assess or replace on their own. However, those who spring for a full vehicle inspection can also have a professional look at their engine, ignition, exhaust, transmission, powertrain, battery and more.

"A properly maintained car is safer and more dependable, and that's extra important when your passengers are your children and their classmates," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "A preventive maintenance checkup before car pool season will give you a chance to inspect the vehicle and have repairs made before the school bell rings."

A tune-up can save money and prevent trouble down the line, so it pays to take your car into the shop now.

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