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Start of summer perfect time for simple vehicle maintenance

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) strongly encourages Californians to take the necessary steps this summer to reduce air pollution generated by motor vehicles in the state. Summer marks the beginning of smog season, when high temperatures and more cars on the road contribute to poor air quality.

At, BAR is providing easy-to-follow maintenance tips that can help cars run better, which helps reduce air pollution. A well-maintained car can help avoid heat-related breakdowns and save money against future repairs.

Many Californians are choosing road trips for this year’s family summer vacation over costly air travel. Thousands are expected to hit the highways to experience some of the amazing attractions the state has to offer. But hot weather can be rough on cars because higher temperatures speed up wear-and-tear as fluids and lubricants break down more quickly.

In order to reduce the smog levels in the state and avoid expensive car repairs down the road, drivers should perform proper vehicle maintenance before heading out on a long trip or a quick trip around town. See BAR’s simple automotive maintenance checklist to prepare vehicles for those long, hot summer days:

· Test the air conditioner

· Inspect batteries and battery cables

· Change the engine oil and filter

· Change the air filter

· Replace worn-out wiper blades

· Check brakes

· Check tires

· Check engine light or malfunction indicator light

· Check radiator and hoses for leaks and wear

BAR is a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs and is responsible for administering California’s Smog Check Program, which removes tons of pollutants from the air. BAR also licenses and regulates more than 35,000 automotive repair dealers and 7,500 Smog Check stations in California.

It also administers the Consumer Assistance Program, which provides consumers up to $500 in financial assistance for smog-related repairs or $1,000 to consumers who decide to retire a high-polluting vehicle.


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