Safe Car Care

Try these safe care care methods for a less toxic approach to maintaining your car.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
April/May 2004
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Sprinkle baking soda on battery terminals to neutralize the battery acid.
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Safe Car Care 

Try these safe care care methods for a less toxic approach to maintaining your car.

Car Battery Cleaner 

Baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda on battery terminals to neutralize the battery acid. Spritz with water to dampen. Let set for an hour or so, then sponge off the baking soda with water. Air-dry.

The 'Good' Antifreeze

A less-toxic antifreeze than the commonly used ethylene glycol is available and sold by automotive supply stores. The "good" kind is made of propylene glycol, which is safe enough to be used as a food additive; ethylene glycol is so toxic it's a household hazardous waste.

Here's an additional caution regarding ethylene glycol: If you have a septic system, do not pour ethylene glycol down the drain. If you are on municipal water, dilute this antifreeze before pouring it down the drain or, better yet, save it for your community's household hazardous waste pickup day. Some service stations recycle this antifreeze, too.

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6/19/2014 6:48:23 AM
As all things having a starting point with an ultimate end to the life-cycle itself.But in case of vehicle like supposed to cars take an example of Volkswagen is worlds leading best seller automobile company .As it show most of people preference is going to Volkswagen as a good brand as well as having best quality. So having a best car is not enough for people but doing the best care of that shows the capability of owner. So according to season changes car need different types of care for its parts.As Volkswagen is a branded car so we should choose a better car service and car caring center to maintain the comfort of car.

6/7/2014 7:52:33 AM
Car care is a very necessary thing for the car users, most of the people don't care properly so face the problems. A well maintain car always run for a long period and give comfort driving, there are some minor maintenance tips to follow for a better drive.

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