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Car care tips for the summer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Summer is here, and that means you will likely be putting some extra miles on your car, but you may not make it far if your ride isn't ready.

The good thing is, there are some things you can do yourself. Abe Schlott, the Vice President of Warren Distribution, says anyone can learn to change their own oil, check their tires and brakes, and keep their car looking good.

Schlott says regular oil changes are a must for engine longevity.

The following is easy step-by-step instructions on how to change your own oil:
  1. Lift the car using jacks or ramps
  2. Slide under car and remove the drain plug
  3. Let oil drain into pan for up to 10 minutes
  4. Replace old oil filter with a new filter
  5. Add new motor oil to the car using a funnel
  6. Start the engine and reset oil change light
Schlott says you should get in the habit of checking your tires. He says proper inflation can improve gas mileage to save money on gas and help the environment.

Schlott's tip to check tire tread depth is to place a quarter into the tread groove across the tire. He says if part of Washington's head is covered, you don’t need new tires.

Schlott says in order to keep your car looking food, you should regularly wash and wax your car to protect its finish from the weather.

Schlott joined us on 27 News at 5 on Friday.
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