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Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter with Our Fall Car Care Checklist

Fall Auto Care Maintenance and Tips

Summer has come to an end, and the colder months are quickly approaching. It’s important to make sure that your vehicle is ready to tackle the frigid weather and extreme road conditions by performing some simple basic maintenance, and fixing any larger issues you may be aware of. To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of Fall Auto Care Maintenance and Tips.

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Fall Car Maintenance

The following tips are based on an article released by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence regarding preventative vehicle maintenance for worry-free winter driving.  

Correct Engine Performance Issues: If you’ve noticed any issues with your engine’s performance such as hard starts, rough idling, stalling, shaking, etc. schedule a service appointment to get the issues corrected.

Flush/Refill Cooling System: Flush and refill your vehicle’s cooling system as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. When it comes to the drive belts, clamps, and hoses, have those checked out by a certified technician.

Check/Clean Battery: A certified technician can test your car battery to make sure it’s in good condition. You can also clean your battery by scraping away corrosion from posts and cable connections, cleaning all surfaces, and tightening all connections.A woman changing oil

Examine Tires: Check tires for tread wear, uneven wearing, and cuts or punctures. Check tire pressure once a month, and rotate as recommended. Winter tires may also be a good choice.

Fall Car Care Tips

  • Make sure to read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules to keep your vehicle in the best shape possible.
  • Replace your old windshield wipers, and purchase winter blades if the weather calls for it. Stock up on windshield washer solvent and carry and ice scraper, as well.
  • Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your vehicle’s gas tank once a month. This will help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line during the colder months. (Note that keeping your gas tank full is the best way to prevent moisture from forming.)
  • Be prepared for emergencies—carry gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or cat litter, tire chains, a flashlight, and a cellphone in your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to keep some snacks and water in your vehicle, as well.

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