October is Fall Car Care Month
October is the start of the fall season and it also means that winter is on its way. According to auto experts, basic fall car care goes a long way in preparing your car for harsh winter conditions. Here we have mentioned some essential car care tips that will get your vehicle ready for winter.
Tire To Do’s
Fall is the right time to get your brake system checked thoroughly. You will need to rely on your brakes more than normal while driving on snow-covered roads. Check the brake pads, rotors and drums. If any parts show signs of excessive wear, replace them. Also, check the brake fluid and make sure it is filled up to the recommended level.
Charge the Battery
The battery is most affected in cold weather. You need to check the state of the battery and perform basic maintenance and repairs. For example, check the battery for any leaks or signs of corrosion. Also, examine the battery terminals for rust or loose joints. Batteries lose efficiency over time and cannot hold a charge for a longer period, especially in winter. Charge the battery to check if it holds a charge. If the battery discharges quickly, it’s time to get a new battery before the fall season ends.
Check Wiper Blades, Defroster and Heater
You wouldn't want to be left in the cold during winter. As a precautionary measure, check the wiper blades, defroster and heater. Inspect the wiper blades for any cracks or deformation. Checks if the wiper blades clean the windshield effectively else get new wiper blades. Check the air filters of the air conditioning system and clean or replace them if necessary. Make sure the air conditioning and ventilation system is working perfectly.
Examine Vehicle Fluids
Your vehicle has several fluids that are important for the effective functioning of different systems. For example, the engine oil should be clean, and the oil level should be at the upper oil level mark. If the engine oil is dirty and black in color, it cannot provide optimal protection to the engine, causing excessive wear and tear. Similarly, the transmission fluid level should be at the upper oil level mark. Check the coolant level in the radiator. Before fall ends, add more antifreeze compounds in the radiator for better protection against freezing of the engine.
Fall car care is a type of preventative maintenance that keeps your car roadworthy in winter. Besides keeping your car fit, it also reduces the repair costs that arise due to neglect of maintenance.