Wednesday, August 24, 2011

AutoZone Labor Day Car Safety Tips and Giveaway




Well, summer is almost over and fall will be here soon. Many families hit the road for Labor Day weekend. The first three day weekend after school starts is a great time to enjoy a road trip getaway. Every year my family attends a family reunion picnic on Labor Day weekend.

AutoZone wants to remind you to stay safe when traveling this Labor Day weekend. Because of the slow economy, people have been keeping their cars instead of purchasing a new ones. A frugal way to save some cash but you need to remember to keep up on the maintenance of your car. Preventive maintenance can help you keep your car repair bills low and keep you from being stranded at the side of the road.

Here are Summer Car Safety Tips from AutoZone:

• Perform routine scheduled maintenance checks. Motorists should check their owner’s manual for a schedule of recommended maintenance intervals from the vehicle manufacturer. If the owner’s manual has been lost, many websites, such as the National Car Care Council’s web site www.carcare.org, offer a recommended maintenance schedule for vehicles.

• Be proactive. Don’t wait for a breakdown to check under the hood. Replacing engine components at required intervals can help prevent an unexpected breakdown.

• Be prepared. Visit an automotive retailer such as AutoZone® to purchase a roadside emergency kit. Also keep items such as a tire pressure gauge, spare serpentine belt and jumper cables handy.

• Check and replace vital vehicle components at recommended intervals. Regular maintenance can prevent costly damage, improve fuel efficiency and prevent an unwanted breakdown. Also keep items such as a tire pressure gauge, spare serpentine belt and jumper cables handy.

• Check and maintain all fluid levels. Consider a quality, synthetic motor oil like Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy to improve fuel efficiency and engine performance. Also, be sure your antifreeze is up to the task for hot summer temperatures. Replace it if needed according to recommended service intervals.

• Test the battery annually. Testing the battery during the summer months can help to avoid being stranded during the hottest time of the year.

• Replace spark plugs as recommended. Spark plugs can affect fuel efficiency, emissions and economy. Change spark plugs at the proper interval.

• Replace oxygen sensors as recommended. Replacing oxygen sensors at the recommended time can significantly improve gas mileage. Check and replace one- and two-wire sensors every 30,000-50,000 miles and every 60,000-100,000 miles for “heated” type oxygen sensors.

• Keep the air filter clean. Replacing a clogged air filter can lead to increased performance and acceleration. Air filters should be checked at every oil change.

Drivers seeking more information about getting their vehicles ready for the summer can visit www.autozone.com for car care tips and maintenance how-to videos.



** Thanks to AutoZone for sponsoring the giveaway. I did not receive any compensation for this post. Like always, my opinions and my thoughts are my own.**


Giveaway Time!! AutoZone is generously offering $50 Visa gift cards and a bottle of Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy motor oil to 4 winners! The Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy motor oil will keep your car running great and the $50 Visa will help pay for the gas. You will be ready for your road trip!




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I need to replace oxygen sensors as recommended.

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Shel said...

Ugh, I can't remember the last time we changed the air filter on my SUV...I'm sure it's filthy.

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Sarah Coulsey said...

LOL, the air filter. I am horrible with that one. I get the oil changed and they always say they can replace it, but it costs a lot through them. I wait for hubby and he takes forever!!!

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I need to check my car battery I never knew I had to do that!
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Anonymous said...

I NEVER knew we needed to check the battery in the vehicle- wow- i need to do that- my car ws bought in 2007
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I would have to check the oxygen sensors. I don't even know what those are!
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I need to check to see if the air filter is clean.

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I need to replace oxygen sensors more often.

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My car is due for an oil change, and we'll check the air filter.
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I need to check and probably change the air filter.

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i really need to test my battery. ive never done it. :: blushes ::

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Replace the oxygen sensors? I don't even know what they are! My car is pretty old so maybe I don't have them?
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I need to change the oil and air filter. Thanks for the reminder!

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I need to check and change air filters. Or have it done.
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sweepmom said...

Replace oxygen sensors as recommended. Replacing oxygen sensors at the recommended time can significantly improve gas mileage. Check and replace one- and two-wire sensors every 30,000-50,000 miles and every 60,000-100,000 miles for “heated” type oxygen sensors.

ky2here said...

Well, I didn't even know what an oxygen sensor was and I didn't know batteries needed yearly inspection - I guess I'm a double dunce.

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I need to test the battery and the oxygen sensors.

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Gayle C said...

I need to replace my air filter now. I procrastinate far too much on car care.

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McKim said...

I really need to check all my fluid levels. Haven't done that for some time.

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guettel78 said...

I know from my last inspection that I have to replace my air filter soon, so that's one thing I will be attending to in the near future. Thanks!

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i have no idea if i have ever replaced oxygen sensors, i have never heard of that.
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I definitely need to test my battery, I always forget that!

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It's that time of year...the tip I most need to do is test the battery (thanks for the reminder). asthenight at gmail dot com

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I need to check and replace the oxygen sensor in our truck. As I know it has never been replaced and our truck has 80,000 miles on it.

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crystalf said...

Be prepared. Visit an automotive retailer such as AutoZone® to purchase a roadside emergency kit. Also keep items such as a tire pressure gauge, spare serpentine belt and jumper cables handy.
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tabbah said...

I need to test my battery annually. Never thought about that before, great tip, glad I read this blog today!

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I'm due to check and replace one- and two-wire sensors

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I am ashamed but all of those need to be done to my car
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The air filter needs to be changed

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I didn't know about the Oxygen sensors.

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We need to Test the battery. With the record breaking heat Texas has been enduring, this is a very good idea.
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I need to check my air filters.. my A/C isnt working great & I am already driving a gas guzzler!

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I need to Replace oxygen sensors as recommended

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I could probably use to replace the spark plugs
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I need to test the battery. I certainly don't want to be stranded somewhere in this hot weather.

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I need to replace my oxygen sensors as suggested. My service engine soon light when on last week, and it's usually that, so I need to get it fixed now!

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Keeping the air filter clean!

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I need to replace my oxygen sensors...I didn't even know that I had them! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
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Honestly, my husband takes care of my car. He is an Auto Technician. The only thing I think we could do better is testing the battery each year.
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Michelle said...

My air filter needed changed three checks ago. I need to definitely get that done!
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I do not have a car at this moment, but I always checked and maintained my fluid levels.

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