October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional, these proactive steps will make sure your car is ready for winter driving.
10 Car Care Tips for Fall
CHANGE WIPER BLADES – You use your wipers more in the fall and winter and take a lot more abuse from road grime. Don’t forget to buy a third blade if you own a hatchback, station wagon or SUV, with a wiper for the rear window.
CHECK YOUR SPARE TIRE – Make sure your spare tire in properly inflated so you don’t run into problems if you get a flat tire while traveling.
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID – Replace the washer fluid with one that is suited for cold weather.
CHECK ANTIFREEZE – Make sure that you use the correct fluid because green and orange antifreeze cannot be mixed.
REPLACE ENGINE AIR FILTERS – These need to be replaces twice a year. When the air filter reaches the point where it causes enough of a pressure drop to restrict airflow, the car’s fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate.
CHECK BATTERY – Many problems occur when your battery is loose or corroded. Use a simple brush to clean cable connectors.
CHECK CAR LIGHTS – Make sure all lights are working because the days are getting shorter and you will be traveling in darker situations more than other times of the year and you want everything to be working correctly.
MAINTAIN HEATER AND DEFROSTER – The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for comfort and driver visibility.
MAINTAIN FUEL – Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.
EXHAUST LEAKS – It’s important to have your exhaust system examined a few times a year. If your exhaust system is leaking it could be deadly.