CAR “KNOW HOW”
More extracts by kind permission of Mr. Marty Stratton
How long should an average battery last in a car?
Never expect to get as many months as is listed on the battery when you buy it.
Marty recommends you stick with a named brand of battery such as Interstate, Diehard,
What sort of Spark Plugs should I buy when replacing them
If your car is a GM, Ford or Chrysler and is a 90 or newer model you should consider
If you have a 95 or newer vehicle and it has obd II system on board, then you need to
German vehicles work better with regular Bosch plugs.
What is the proper type of oil to use in my car?
Marty believes (and has proved with personal tests)
He recommends Castrol Syntec 5w50 oil for most cars.
The main thing to remember is to change oil every 3
“How often should you rotate tyres (tires) and how
In Finland, where we have to use different tyres in winter and in summer, rotation is
In an area where tyres do not need to be regularly changed, a visual inspection of wear
Driving habits have a significant effect on tyre wear and thus on rotation frequency, but
Many modern tyres have a specific direction of rotation marked on the sidewall with an
Thanks again to Kimmo Linkama of Finland.
Janet Drone gives the following advice:-
“How often you
The maximum pressure for the tire is written in small type around the side of the tire,
(Your vehicle hand book gives the pressures required for your
To get correct PSI readings always check the air pressure before you drive your vehicle
To give you more information regarding tires, the size is in large type around the side
With regard to knowing when tires need air – Janet suggests learning what your tires
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