October is here, bringing in cooler weather and Fall Car Care Month. Quite honestly, October is the perfect month to complete maintenance on your vehicle for the upcoming season. It’s right before any big trips, such as the family’s annual Thanksgiving feast. It’s also right before any major weather changes. Here are some things you should check in honor of Fall Car Care Month.
Check the Fluids
It’s important to check all of your major fluids right before any season or trip. This will help make sure your car is in tip top shape to handle any traitorous weather and even perform better during your daily commute. Seasonal Tip: Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full with a winter formula that’s built to withstand the cold and help defrost your windshield.
Check the Brakes
Because brakes help you stop your vehicle, it’s important to stay on top of their maintenance. With an easy excuse like “it’s Fall Car Care Month,” you should have your brakes checked out to make sure that you can stop when you need to. This is especially important as you enter rainy and snowy seasons. Don’t forget to check out your emergency brake as well!
Check the Battery
Batteries are more susceptible to extreme temperatures, especially the cold. This is the case with any batteries whether they are in your cell phone or your car. This is why you should check them before the weather gets too cold. If your battery is already on it’s last leg, it’s better to replace it now than to get stuck at work or at home during the holidays.
Check the Ventilation System
Nothing stinks more than being stuck on a cold wet rainy day with no heat in your vehicle. So take this chance to check out your ventilation system, before it happens to you. A non-performing ventilation system can also negatively affect your fuel mileage and your over-all engine performance. If your unsure what to look for, drop by and we can help!
Check the Tires
While this one may seem obvious, we felt like it should be mentioned. Tires with little to no tread can make driving in the rain or snow dangerous. Your tires should have at least 2/32 of an inch of tread. The easiest way to measure this is to use a penny. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head when faced down, you don’t have enough tread. You should also check your tire’s air pressure. Fluctuating temperatures can inflate and deflate your tire’s air pressure, affecting your gas mileage. When your checking your tread, take some time to check your air pressure as well.
Fall is here! Be prepared and take advantage of Fall Car Care Month. Check Out Silver Lake Auto and Tire Center’s Fall Maintenance Special to get you ready for the upcoming holidays!