Basic auto service and repairs can go a long way in improving the safety and dependability of a vehicle. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall Car Care maintenance procedures that will help your vehicle operate at its best before the winter season arrives.
Fall Car Care Month is the perfect time to give your car the much needed attention before cooler and harsher weather sets in. Just like the Car Care Council, we suggest that now is the time to take care of your vehicle to avoid potential headaches in the future.
Check all fluids – Window washer solvent, anti-freeze/coolant as well as engine oil, power steering, brake & transmission.
Check the battery – Replace if necessary. Ensure the connection is tight, clean, and free of corrosion.
Check hoses & belts – Make sure they are not loose, cracked, brittle, or even showing signs of excessive wear.
Check your brakes – Annual brake checks are suggested. As well as taking a look at the rotors, drums & brake linings.
Inspect the exhaust system – Leaks, damage & broken elements can occur. Inspect for unusual behaviors or loud noises.
Check your engine – Your vehicle craves the best balance of power & fuel economy while producing the lowest level of emissions.
Check your wipers – It’s important to see and be seen during winter driving. Check all the interior and exterior lighting.
Check heating/HVAC system – Proper heating & cooling performance is crucial for your safety.
Inspect steering & suspension – Annual checking is recommended. We would also encourage a review of other components like shock absorbers, struts, ball joints & tie rod ends.
Check your tires – Uneven wear and tears can greatly affect your safety. As can poorly inflated tires.
Vehicle manufacturers have specific recommendations, so be sure to refer to your owner’s manual tire rotation guidelines if you have specific questions.