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.
· 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!
√ Winter Wiper Blades – the protective sleeve will help keep the blade on your windshield.
√ Winter Washer Fluid – de icer washer fluid will make your life easier on those real bad days. It has a yellowish color instead of the blue stuff.
√ Snow tires – even if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, winter tires are your safest way to travel in bad weather. They are designed for cold weather driving. All season tires are just that, for all seasons in average weather, when the snow is deep and the roads are slippery.
Carry these items in your trunk in a box or duffel bag.
- Jumper cables- (self contained battery and jumper cables) – the safest choice!
- Tires Chains – a great item to carry if the roads get icy or the weather gets out of control.
- Flashlight with new batteries
- Tire inflatation product
- First aid kit
- LED Light Source and safety triangle
- Protein bars – in case you are stuck and waiting for help.
- Bottled water
- Snow brush with ice scraper – get the best one you can find.
- Blanket for every passenger
- Hand and feet warmers
- Cell phone charging cable
- Paper towels and glass cleaner
- Extra washer fluid
- Work Gloves, duct tape, zip ties and basic toolsClean:
√ Clean and wax your vehicle at least once a week!
√ Windshields, back window and side windows, headlights and taillights.
√ Remove snow from the top and hood of your car.
– Check out the Car Care Council for a FREE Car Care Guide. carcare.org
The SECRET To A Safe This Fall and Winter – – – – See and be seen!