October is the beginning of Fall Car Care Month, the time of the year when it's time to start getting your vehicle prepared for the upcoming winter months. This month is also a great time to learn about proper vehicle maintenance and how taking care of your vehicle can end up saving you money through the years by helping you avoid costly repairs.
As the weather gets colder, there are certain measures we should take as vehicle owners to ensure our safety and comfort while driving in the winter. Head to your local auto repair shop for an inspection of vital parts that will make sure your vehicle is in top shape.
The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter:
- Check fluids - Check the engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topping off fluids and making sure fluid and cavities are clean will ensure proper lubrication and keep systems working smoothly.
- Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. Belts also have to be replaced from time to time based on factory recommendations, since not all damage is visible to the eye.
- Check the battery - A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly, but can usually be avoided. Batteries need to be replaced every 3-5 years. A quick battery test for charge can be performed at your local auto shop to make sure it's in good condition.
- Check brake system - Brakes should always be inspected regularly to ensure your safety on the road. Brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts should all be checked to make sure the system is running smoothly and that no parts need to be replaced or repaired.
- Inspect exhaust system - The exhaust system should be checked that it is working properly to protect you and your passengers from harmful emissions.
- Check engine system - The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency and all parts should be inspected to check for any corrosion or damage.
- Check HVAC system - The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will be important for both comfort and defrosting during the winter.
- Check steering and suspension system - The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected to make sure you have proper handling of your vehicle.
- Check tires - A very important measure for winter is to check your tires for excessive wear. 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 good wipers and that all exterior lights are bright and clear.
If you haven’t had your vehicle inspected yet for Fall Car Care Month, bring your car into our professionals here at Goose Automotive or give us a call today!