MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 27, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- It's been said that half the fun of taking a trip is getting there, but that assumes you don't get stranded along the way. Follow these preventive maintenance tips from AutoZone to help you avoid a breakdown and make sure your next trip is a safe one.
Inspect or replace your brakes.
Few things on your car are more important to your safety than the brakes. Put off a brake job too long and it could cost you a new set of rotors -- or worse, lead to an accident. That's why it's important to inspect or replace all brake system components on a regular basis.
Changing your brake pads is a simple procedure, and inspecting your brakes is even easier. Your local AutoZone parts professional can show you how. And with hundreds of thousands of parts available, you're sure to find what you need at AutoZone.
When you replace your brake pads, remember to replace your brake hardware at the same time; it's an inexpensive way to make sure your pads will stop your car as safely and quietly as possible. And don't forget to change your brake fluid every two years or 30 thousand miles.
Inspect or replace your shocks.
Although a new set of shocks or struts can do wonders for your ride comfort, their more important function is ride control. A car with worn shocks simply won't handle or stop like it should. In fact, worn shocks or struts could increase your car's braking distance by 20 feet or more, and even cause premature tire wear.
The first step of a shock inspection is to simply look under the car and examine your shocks to see that they're not bent, broken, or leaking oil. Also, check for split lubricant boots and seals and torn rubber grommets at the mounting points. If any of these problems are present, replace the parts at once.
Your car's shocks and struts are similar to the brakes, in that they work together and wear out together. It's always a good idea to play it safe and replace shocks and struts as a set. Don't forget about AutoZone's free Loan-A-Tool(r) Service, where you can borrow from more than 60 different specialty tools, including tools designed to help make a brake job or shock and strut replacement easier.
Inspect your tires.
All tires should be properly inflated, including the spare. Refer to your vehicle's manual for the proper pressure level. Properly inflated tires increase gas mileage, lengthen tire life and are less susceptible to blowouts.
Carry an emergency kit.
Even the best maintained cars could be subject to breakdowns. Make sure you're prepared with a cell phone, a container of water, a flashlight with extra batteries, flares or safety triangles, jumper cables, a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit.
For more great ideas on how you can keep your family safe while you're on the road, get to your local AutoZone today!
As of February 11, 2006, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 3,655 AutoZone stores in the United States and 88 AutoZone stores in Mexico and also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic and repair software. On the web, AutoZone sells diagnostic and repair information and auto and light truck parts through www.autozone.com.
CONTACT: AutoZone, Inc.