October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, which is the time of year that encourages drivers to take control of their vehicle maintenance for the upcoming winter months. With the colder and wet weather, it is important to make sure that our cars are in good working condition and are prepared to keep us safe and comfortable.
Regular vehicle maintenance is an important part of keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoid costly repairs down the road. A well maintained vehicle will also ensure you and your family’s safety on the road.
The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming winter months:
- Check fluids – This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topped off and clean fluids keep your vehicle’s systems running smoothly.
- Check hoses and belts – All hoses should be checked for corrosion or cracks and belts should be examined for obvious wear and tear or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle and should be repaired quickly.
- Check the battery – Batteries typically 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 Brake systems 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 damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions.
- Check engine system – The engine should be checked to make sure it is running smoothly and that you are receiving the highest fuel efficiency possible.
- Check HVAC system – The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems should be inspected and tested. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for winter weather conditions.
- Check steering and suspension system – Check the shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components to make sure all is working well. 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 on the road.
- Check wipers and lights – Wipers usually need to be replaced every year and fluid should be topped off. 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 our experts here at Revolution Motor Works or give us a call today!