3 Ways to Take Care of Your Saturn Relay Family Minivan
If you are planning to upgrade your regular sedan into an all-around family vehicle, then consider getting a Saturn Relay. In 2005, General Motors' car manufacturing outfit, Saturn, came up with the idea of a family minivan with the facade of a tough SUV. True to its minivan identity, the Relay has comfortable three seat rows, sliding doors, and car-like handling. Saturn just added an imposing nose, square lines, and a roof rack, and the Relay came out having a rough, outdoorsy SUV look. The third row seat can be folded for added cargo space. The Relay can also carry a wide variety of media, with an optional 40 GB digital media system that could store a score of music files, movies, and TV shows. The engine performance and fuel economy are not bad either. The engine accelerates fast enough, and the handling is pretty responsive. Indeed, the Relay is indeed a great car to take the family around town. If you are planning to get one or you are already driving a Relay, then here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind.
- Schedule an annual tune-up.
Like any other vehicle, the Saturn Relay is subject to a regular tune-up schedule. The more faithful and regular the tune-up is, the safer and well-maintained the car becomes. An annual tune-up and a thorough inspection with an expert technician is a good preventive measure against possible damage and lapses in the future. If you have the skill and the time, you can even do frequent inspections at home. Check the belts, the filters, the fluid reservoirs, the suspension, the brakes, and the spark plugs. You can even do this once a month. Keep in mind that every year, a trip to the technician is needed for expert care. It is important to have the fuel bled out and the tires rotated at least once a year.
At least once a week, bend down to check your Relay's tires' condition. Check if they are properly inflated and watch out for signs of wear and tear. Overinflation or underinflation hinders performance and contributes to uneven wear.Check the automobile manual for the prescribed inflation. You must also keep tabs of the tire tread depth. The shallower the tread becomes, the more worn the tires get. Thus, do not allow tire tread depth to reach 2/32 of an inch. That is when the tires will be considered officially worn out. Replace the tires before they wear out and rotate them every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.
- Charge and clean the battery well.
Having properly charged and clean batteries will keep your Relay running as smooth as possible. Always make sure that the battery voltage is sufficient and determine if sulfuric acid and electrolytes are in right proportion. You can check the voltage using a voltmeter or have an expert mechanic do it for you. Take note that battery inspection should be avoided while the car is still cranked up to avoid a startling electrical shock. Use rubber gloves while you do it. It is also recommended adding distilled water to the battery, especially if you notice that the electrolyte levels are depleted. Only distilled water should be used for the top up since minerals found in tap water can decrease the battery's capacity.Clean the batteries using a baking soda and water paste to remove acid from the battery clamps. A handy wire brush is good for post-cleaning and will leave your battery gleaming as new.