By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®
October is Fall Car Care Month and it is the perfect time to get under the hood before winter takes effect. Here are 4 Simple “C’s” to get your vehicle ready for the colder weather, so you can stay on the road and off the side of it.
√ Lights – Headlights, taillights, turn signals, reverse lights and horn.
√ Tire Wear – not just if the no tread but also any sign of uneven wear. It may mean a suspension or alignment problem.
√ Leaks – Check under the hood and where you park your car for any signs of leaks. These should be repaired as soon as you notice them.
√ Fluids – Checking your vehicle’s fluids, including power steering, brake and transmission fluid and engine oil, as well as antifreeze
and coolant and filters.
· Take this time to change your oil and filters. Switching to a Full Synthetic Engine oil is beneficial for you but one thing we all need is a quality oil filter- not all filters are created equal.
· These PurolatorBOSS pureoil.com premium oil filters deliver 99% dirt removal for maximum engine protection and have the longest life on the market.
· Whether it’s extreme temperatures or the stop-and-go of a city commute, these filters defend against particulates, soot and harmful contaminants that can exact a heavy toll on your automobile. On the rare I’m sure to take my Purolator filter with me for any oil change.
√ Air Filter – Change air filters every 12,000 miles or every 6 months. It’s easy to
do it yourself! Be sure to get a quality name brand filter. This will give you better fuel economy and performance.
√ Battery – If you are having trouble starting your car – it may be the battery – have
it checked. Cold temps are hard on a fully charged battery, but they can prevent a weak one from even starting. If your battery is four years or older, have it tested or consider replacing it.
√ Tires – while you’re at it, the most trusted name in batteries, DieHard diehard.com is now your most trusted name in tires. These DieHard Silver Touring All-Season Tires will get you through spring with all season traction, long-life with mileage assurance, improved handling, and comfortable and quite riding.
· Worn tires can be even more dangerous with winter weather, so switching to an all season tire will ensure the safety of you and your family. searsauto.com
√ Tire Pressure – check for the proper pressures in your owners manual or door placard (NOT the numbers on the side wall).
√ Brakes – Does your brake pedal seem a little soft? Is it taking longer to stop your vehicle? Have your brake fluid and brake system checked by a professional. Now is the time – not when it is too late!