Fall is a great time to show some much needed tender loving care to your vehicle.
The summer fun has ended, and for many of us, the busy work schedule has returned. The days are getting shorter, and colder, and this means it is more important than ever to be sure your vehicle is in optimum shape before winter sets in. Here are some handy tips for your fall auto care routine.
Battery – Did you know your local parts store will check your car’s battery free of charge? Cold weather can wear a battery down, so now is the time to check your car’s battery and charging system. If you are handy, you can clean your battery by first scraping away corrosion from the posts and cable connections, then cleaning all surfaces, and lastly tightening all connections. If your battery is more than 3 years old, it’s advisable to consider replacing it so you don’t get an unpleasant surprise.
HVAC – Your vehicle”s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems should be checked to ensure they are all working properly. In addition to maintaining your comfort level, these systems play a vital role in safety – defrosting!
Wipers – Replace windshield wipers that are older than 6 months, or which are torn, cracked, or not working properly. Consider purchasing winter blades if the weather in your region will call for it. An ice scraper is another necessary tool for winter weather conditions, so don’t wait until you need it, or you’ll find yourself stuck with an icy windshield and no way to go anywhere.
Fluids – Choose a cold weather windshield washer fluid, and stock up on it in advance. You can prevent moisture from freezing in your fuel lines by keeping your gas tank full, and adding a bottle of de-icer to the gas tank once a month. Be sure all other fluid levels are correct to prevent a winter break down.
Tires – Check your tires for tread wear, or uneven wearing, punctures, cuts, bulges or bald spots. Have your tires rotated, and install winter tires if necessary. Check tire pressure once a month, and more often if the temperatures are falling rapidly. (See Let’s Talk About Tires for more info) It’s best to check the pressure when the tires are cold, too. Driving as little as a mile can affect the pressure reading.
Be Prepared – Put together an emergency kit if you don’t already have one, and restock it if you do. For some helpful information about what you need, read “Essential Items For Your Emergency Kit“
When in doubt, visit your trusted mechanic to ensure your vehicle is at it’s best. T & D Auto Repair is a full service complete auto repair facility serving customers in the Ormond Beach, Florida area.