October is Fall Car Care Month
Fall Car Care Month is the perfect time to make sure that your car is ready for winter and current on all maintenance and repair needs. Basic auto service and repairs can go a long way in improving the safety and dependability of your car.
Does Your Car Know Something You Don’t?
In celebration of Fall Car Care month, many shops across the country will be holding free vehicle check-up events. According to the Car Care Council, last year, many vehicle owners were likely surprised by what they found out. Vehicle check-ups at community car care events across the country last year revealed that 80% of vehicles needed immediate service or parts.
Fall Car Care Maintenance Steps
hat you do today can go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle. Regular car care can also help avoid costly repairs down the road, saving you both time and money. Here are some fall maintenance procedures that will help your vehicle operate at its best before the winter season arrive:
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.
For more useful free content about vehicle maintenance, repair and enhancement visit the Car Care News Service website.