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post #11 of 26 Old 12-08-2013, 12:02 PM
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I check oil and glance under the hood monthly. I know, not enough. My husband never checks, likes low mileage used cars, keeps them for about ten years and has never had a problem, so not a lot of motivation to change.
A complete weekly once over only takes 15 minutes or so.

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A complete weekly once over only takes 15 minutes or so.

Underhood and fluids
Overall exterior and lights
Overall interior
Tire pressure

Good insurance against problems developing.
He checks tire pressure. But when you've owned cars for decades, each for a decade or so, and never had problems, there's not a lot of motivation to start a new habit, especially when there are 80 other chores - or so it seems - to do on the weekend.

I was the same way, and never had a car with a problem that would have been caught with visual checks. I'm better now because I like hanging out with my Escape so much. And I'm not as relaxed about reliability as I was for past cars.

And you're absolutely right.


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Today: leaves, leaf bits, acorn bits. Most removed by hand or vac, but our shop vac won't pull out the last few bits. That said, it's an ancient vac and probably needs a filter cleaning. I'm going to try later with the hose attachment on our upright.


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Today: leaves, leaf bits, acorn bits. Most removed by hand or vac, but our shop vac won't pull out the last few bits. That said, it's an ancient vac and probably needs a filter cleaning. I'm going to try later with the hose attachment on our upright.
A shop vac usually has more airflow and suction than an upright (uprights depend on the revolving brush to deep clean), so I don't think that the upright will get much more out.
That being said, you've probably got all your going to get without disassembling the grilles.
On the bright side, we are at the end of leaf season for this year (at least here in PA).
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A shop vac usually has more airflow and suction than an upright (uprights depend on the revolving brush to deep clean), so I don't think that the upright will get much more out.
That being said, you've probably got all your going to get without disassembling the grilles.
On the bright side, we are at the end of leaf season for this year (at least here in PA).
Here too for leaves - generally by the beginning of December. Today we got our first snow/freezing rain. Our shop vac is probably ready for retirement, and I don't think I want to disassemble the grilles.


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On the bright side, we are at the end of leaf season for this year (at least here in PA).
Now it's snow sucked up in the grills. Had a couple of inches of snow and the grills are covered with snow. Perhaps engine heat will melt it but a 5 mile trip seemed to have little effect.
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So I checked underneath the bonnet the other day after reading this thread. And even though my car is garaged most of the time (at night as well as during the day at work), sure nuf I had a few goobers and chuds hanging around those screens. A few leaves and very small, little twigs????

This thread is excellent advice and I will check this often. Thanks so much for the tip!

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Phhhhh I live in the city and do the random hunting trip upstate or a vacation in PA. Tons of leaves and other "stuff" stuck in those vents. Even a cigarette butt one time
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I have gotten the occasional leaves, but mainly bugs.


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I have gotten the occasional leaves, but mainly bugs.
Last trip to PA in the summer was full of bees and hornets. Brushed those out knowing my luck I'd get stung by dead bugs
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