Summertime Care Tips For Your Import Car

Here in Northwest Arkansas, it can get pretty hot during the summer. I don’t personally mind the heat, but I know it can take a toll on my import car. Temperature changes can have a lot of crazy effects, and it’s a good idea not to overlook that fact during the summer and winter months when the temperature usually reaches its extremes. With the winter months being mostly behind us, I figured I should post some summertime tips early to help you dangerous rabbits get ready for the hot weather ahead. I, for one, cannot wait to put away my jacket and throw on some shorts!

So here we are folks, summertime care tips for your import car:

  1. Check your tire pressure. Gas expands when heated, so while your tires may have been perfectly inflated 20 degrees ago, it may now be now actually be over-inflated with the rise in temperature. It’s always a good idea – no matter what time of the year – to use a hand pressure gauge to check your tire pressure regularly. Improperly inflated tires can be bad news for your tire treads and your fuel economy, not to mention your safety.
  2. Check and change your fluids. Oil, coolant, transmission, power steering, and brake fluids – all of it – need to be checked and refilled if necessary. Most of us drive less during the winter due to poor weather conditions, cold weather-induced lethargy, or just lack of available activities. Now that it’s the summer, import car owners are going to want to take their cars out for a spin and possibly go on a few road trips. It’s important that before you do, you make sure that all your fluids are topped off to keep your car running smoothly.
  3. Check your battery. Summer can be harsh on your car battery. The increased temperature speeds up chemical reactions causing overcharging, as well as evaporates battery fluid. The best way to combat the effects of the heat on your car battery is to keep it clean by detaching the cables and giving the terminals a good wipe.
  4. Check your cooling system. I’ve mentioned refilling your coolant earlier but it’s so important that I’m going to give it a second mention. Check and refill your coolant! The cooling system is responsible for keeping your engine from overheating. It is more important than ever during the summertime to check under the hood and make sure that your hoses, belts, pumps, fans, and radiator are all in proper working condition. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, take your car to an import auto repair shop for maintenance.
  5. Clean your car. Pay special attention to the undercarriage when cleaning your import car after winter. Road salt can cause rusting and corrosion if it is allowed to sit for too long. Mud and other gunk can also pose problems for your car and cause it to overheat.

 


Improving The Gas Mileage Of Your Import Car

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when my money just evaporates – sometimes literally. One of the biggest expenses for those who drive, whether it is an import car or domestic car, is filling up the tank. Even with gas prices being lower than usual, it is still a good idea to try and improve the fuel economy of your car. I share these tips with my friends and family all the time and they’re surprised by how easy it is to get better gas mileage without doing anything too fancy or difficult. So now, my fellow dangerous rabbits, I’d like to share the same tips with you. I’m not much of a tree hugger or miser, but I think we can all agree it’d be nice to save a little money and protect the environment all without much extra effort on our parts.

To get the best gas mileage from your import car, just follow these easy tips:

  1. Slow down, speedy. Ok, I know this is a little unexpected coming from someone who calls themselves a dangerous rabbit and thought the moral of the tortoise and the hare was to keep living fast, but bear with me for a minute. The speed for best fuel economy is between 45-55 mph. Anything over 70 mph and you will see your mileage vastly reduced. Bonus savings: you’ll also avoid a few hefty speeding tickets.
  2. Be gentle with your acceleration and braking. So many of people think that every time they get into their cars, it’s some sort of a race to their destination. Learn from the mistake of the tortoise and enjoy your journey. Avoid putting yourself in a situation where you will need to slam on the brakes. This is bad for your brakes and your fuel economy.
  3. Stick to your maintenance schedule. That’s right. There’s a schedule. It’s in the owner’s manual that you probably never read. Many people do not get their import cars tuned up often enough. This can reduce your fuel economy, not to mention the life of your vehicle. Something as simple as replacing spark plugs and ensuring your oxygen sensor works properly can improve your fuel efficiency by 30%, so stop procrastinating and take your car to a trusted import auto repair shop for maintenance if you haven’t done so in a while!
  4. Avoid idling. If you’re not going anywhere for a while, just shut off your engine and relax knowing you’re not needlessly burning your hard earned money away.
  5. Double check your gas cap. Gas, like any other liquid, can evaporate. Back in the days when I was still driving my first car, I’d made the mistake of ignoring a damaged gas cap and my fuel economy suffered for it. Make sure that your gas cap is closed properly and not damaged. Extra point deduction if your gas cap is altogether missing.

 

don’t know about you, but I hate it when my money just evaporates – sometimes literally. One of the biggest expenses for those who drive, whether it is an import car or domestic car, is filling up the tank. Even with gas prices being lower than usual, it is still a good idea to try and improve the fuel economy of your car. I share these tips with my friends and family all the time and they’re surprised by how easy it is to get better gas mileage without doing anything too fancy or difficult. So now, my fellow dangerous rabbits, I’d like to share the same tips with you. I’m not much of a tree hugger or miser, but I think we can all agree it’d be nice to save a little money and protect the environment all without much extra effort on our parts.

To get the best gas mileage from your import car, just follow these easy tips:

  1. Slow down, speedy. Ok, I know this is a little unexpected coming from someone who calls themselves a dangerous rabbit and thought the moral of the tortoise and the hare was to keep living fast, but bear with me for a minute. The speed for best fuel economy is between 45-55 mph. Anything over 70 mph and you will see your mileage vastly reduced. Bonus savings: you’ll also avoid a few hefty speeding tickets.
  2. Be gentle with your acceleration and braking. So many of people think that every time they get into their cars, it’s some sort of a race to their destination. Learn from the mistake of the tortoise and enjoy your journey. Avoid putting yourself in a situation where you will need to slam on the brakes. This is bad for your brakes and your fuel economy.
  3. Stick to your maintenance schedule. That’s right. There’s a schedule. It’s in the owner’s manual that you probably never read. Many people do not get their import cars tuned up often enough. This can reduce your fuel economy, not to mention the life of your vehicle. Something as simple as replacing spark plugs and ensuring your oxygen sensor works properly can improve your fuel efficiency by 30%, so stop procrastinating and take your car to a trusted import auto repair shop for maintenance if you haven’t done so in a while!
  4. Avoid idling. If you’re not going anywhere for a while, just shut off your engine and relax knowing you’re not needlessly burning your hard earned money away.
  5. Double check your gas cap. Gas, like any other liquid, can evaporate. Back in the days when I was still driving my first car, I’d made the mistake of ignoring a damaged gas cap and my fuel economy suffered for it. Make sure that your gas cap is closed properly and not damaged. Extra point deduction if your gas cap is altogether missing.

 


Did The Tortoise Really Beat The Hare?

We all know the fable about the tortoise and the hare, but are we positive we know who the real winner of that race was? Sure, the tortoise crossed the finish line before the hare. There’s no arguing that the hare had a grander adventure though. While the tortoise was focused on the end of the race, the hare was living life in the moment and enjoying itself as it went. Now let’s take a moment to sit and ponder who fared better overall in that race. Makes you question what the real moral of the story is, doesn’t it? Life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey.

I prefer to picture myself as a dangerous rabbit, living life on the edge and seizing the moment as it comes. Dangerous Rabbits is my blog dedicated to import cars and living fast, if not a little unconventionally. While the boring tortoises take their straight road to the finish line, I’m going to explore and nap and generally not do what is expected of me. Join me my fellow dangerous rabbits, and let’s live our lives according to the real hidden moral of the story!

Visit my blog for helpful tips about import car maintenance and care, as well as occasional ramblings from a dangerous rabbit who shares the same philosophy and passion as you. For myself, I know that my car is more than just a mode of transportation. It is something that I highly value and take pride in. That is why I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with other fellow import car owners. Whether you drive a European or Asian car, if you feel as strongly as I do about your vehicle, this is the blog for you.

I am currently living in Northwest Arkansas and have been an import car owner for as long as I’ve been driving. From my first used Honda Civic to my current BMW X1, I have always had a special place in my heart for import cars. Nothing would make me happier than to be able to share my interests with those who can relate.

Upcoming posts on Dangerous Rabbits will cover everything from how to get the best gas mileage out of your car, to summertime import car care tips. But so that this entire first post has not been wasted on introductory nonsense, here’s a some quick rust prevention tips for import car owners:

  • Wash your car regularly; once every one to two weeks is recommended depending on weather conditions.
  • Wax and polish your car at least once a year.
  • Don’t forget to clean the wheel wells and underside of your car.
  • Consider spraying your car with an appropriate type of lubricant to prevent rust.
  • Don’t forget to clean the inside of your car as well to prevent spills from causing your car to rust from the inside out.

Happy reading my dangerous rabbits, and hope these tips have taught you something! Take care of your beautiful import cars until my next post.