October is Fall Car Care Month
The heat of summer is gone, and winter is just around the corner. October is Fall Car Care Month and a great time to prep your car for the cold weather ahead. Here are some basic fall car care tips you should follow.
Check the Battery
Weak batteries often go dead during the winter season. It means you are left with a car that cannot start until the battery is replaced. Car batteries lose efficiency with time and the average car battery’s lifespan is four to four years. Hence, a battery check is important before winter sets in. Check the battery for any leaks or signs of corrosion. Also, check the battery terminals for rust or loose connections. The battery should hold a charge for a long time. If your car battery is older than five years, consider getting a new battery.
Make Sure the Engine Oil is Clean and Full
The main fluid in your car is the engine oil which protects the engine components from wear and tear. The engine oil level and the condition of the engine oil are two important things that need to be checked during October car maintenance. Engine oil turns black over time and does not provide good lubrication. This is one sign that your car needs an oil change. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of oil to use and how often it should be changed. Make sure the engine oil is clean and the proper oil level is maintained at all times.
Check the Transmission and Brake Fluids
Like the engine oil, you need to also maintain the recommended level for transmission fluid and brake fluid. This is important for the efficiency of the brake system and gearbox.
Examine the Windshield Wiper Blades and Fluid
Wiper blades have a short life and experts recommend new wiper blades every six months to a year. Check the condition of the wiper blades. If the wiper blades have worn out or have signs of deformation, it’s time to get new wiper blades. Similarly, wiper fluid is also needed to clean the windshield properly. Before winter starts, drain the wiper fluid reservoir and fill the reservoir with wiper fluid containing an antifreeze compound. This is important because normal wiper fluid would freeze in winter whereas fluid with antifreeze won’t.
Inspect the Exhaust System
The exhaust system is often ignored during regular maintenance which is not right. Exhaust system leaks can be dangerous and need to be repaired immediately. During October maintenance, check the exhaust system for any leaks and damage. Also, check the hangers and support and replace anything that is broken.
Check HVAC System
The heater and defroster should work efficiently to keep you warm and safe in winter. You need to check cabin air filter/blower, heater core, evaporator core, blend door, mode doo and air vents. If you find this too technical, get the HVAC system checked by a professional.
Check Pressure in the Tires
As the temperature drops, the pressure in the tires also drops. With every 10-degree temperature drop, the tire loses 1 PSI. You need to maintain the recommended tire pressure for better fuel efficiency and to prevent uneven wear of the tires.
Your car may look clean and shiny from the outside but you may never know the underlying problems that could cause car breakdown in winter. Get your car checked thoroughly in October and get repairs done before winter sets in.