October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our vehicle’s that are important for the colder weather.
Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoiding costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.
The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter:
- Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.
- Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle.
- Check the battery - A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Have your battery tested for charge to make sure it's in good condition and that the battery is free from corrosion.
- Check brake system - Brakes should always be inspected regularly. Check brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts.
- Inspect exhaust system - The exhaust system should be checked for any leaks or obvious damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions.
- Check engine system - The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency. All parts should also be inspected to check for corrosion or damage.
- Check HVAC system - The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for the winter.
- Check steering and suspension system - The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected. This will make sure that your vehicle can be handled safely throughout the winter.
- Check tires - A very important measure for winter is to check your tires. They should have good tread and the tire pressure should be accurate to make sure you avoid hydroplaning or blown out tires.
- Check wipers and headlights - Wipers usually need to be replaced every year. Make sure you have properly working wipers and that all exterior lights are working well and are bright and clear.
If you haven’t had your vehicle inspected yet for Fall Car Care Month, bring your car into the professionals at Family Auto Service or give us a call today!