By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach
Neglecting your vehicle can be very costly in the form of more expensive repairs and loss of resale value down the road. It’s Fall Car Care Month and the perfect time to winterize your vehicle. Some tips and advice from the Car Care Council will save you money and keep you on the road all winter long.
Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on an engine if it is not cared for properly, as cold startups are among the most severe conditions that engines undergo. Drivers need to protect their vehicles with a quality motor oil such as Quaker State Ultimate Durability full synthetic, which helps provide excellent lubrication in freezing temperatures, more power and more wear protection. If you use full synthetic oil in your engine, you change your oil every 7500 – 10K miles. Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic Motor Oil provides extreme engine performance and protection against deposits between oil changes, which allows your engine to operate at maximum horsepower.
Lights & Wipers –
Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield.
80% percent of driving decisions are based on vision, so clear, unobstructed sight that Bosch ICON beam wiper blades provides motorists with is absolutely vital for driving in the fall and for any season
During fall vehicle maintenance checks, motorists should be sure to inspect their wiper blades, keeping an eye out for tearing, excessive noise or streaking on the windshield – these are all signs that wiper blades have reached the end of their lifespan and should be replaced as soon as possible – replace blades every 6 months.
Bosch ICON beam wiper blades are an excellent replacement option. The patented technology creates a custom-contoured fit on the windshield that provides superior wiping performance in all weather conditions –perfect to keep your visibility clear this season.
The air you breath in your vehicle is critical to your health. It’s allergy season and proper maintenance of your cabin air filter is crucial to protect you and your family from allergens – when replacing your filter, consider Bosch HEPA Premium Cabin Air Filters which provide over 99% efficiency in trapping more particles and dust to provide the cleanest air possible inside your vehicle.
Tip #1 – Tire Pressure: Check the tire pressure of all tires and your spare once a month. Use a digital tire pressure gauge and get the proper pressure from the decal inside your drivers door.
Tip #2 – Tread Depth: while you are checking tire pressure take a look a the tread. If your tires are worn unevenly or damaged, don’t delay in replacing your tires.
Tip #3 – Rotate your Tires: find the correct rotation in your owners manual. You will get the best life of your tires.
Tip #4 – Replace: When tires are worn unevenly or damaged , don’t wait to replace them.
Always make a wise choice, the Hercules Roadtour 855, its the Strong Silent Type because this all-season Grand Touring tire is capable of providing year-round traction (even in light snow).
These tires are backed by up to an 85,000 mile warranty, road hazard coverage, and 45 day trial. This tire is ideal for the quality and value minded driver, for everyday use, a smooth quiet ride, safety focused, demand dependability regardless of the season driver. Contact your local tire shop when the time comes for new tires.
Pep Boys – Do It For Me or DIY
If you don’t have the skills or the time, head over to Pep Boys, it is the only automotive chain that offers ASE-certified technicians to perform a range of free Quick Assist services and installations – from batteries that have endured harsh temps or were drained by your family’s many devices, to brakes and tires worn down by summer travel – you don’t want to slip and slide your way into winter, or worse, wind up stranded. Our cars have become SO complex – it can be difficult to change out wiper blades or a headlamp yourself, let alone determine if your car is mechanically sound.
These FREE services include:
• Alignment Check
• Battery test and/or installation
• Brake Check
• Code retrieval
• Tire pressure check
• Wiper check and/or installation
Plus they offer a cold weather prep packages to make sure your car is ready for the change in temperatures.
Pep Boys has ASE master technicians are in nearly every one of its shops that can handle almost any issue – even finding the source of that ominous check engine light! Their locations across the nation are open seven days a week, with over 900 service centers – they’ll take care of you if your car needs service while you’re on the road during this busy season.
Road Trip in the coolest ride and maybe WIN one too!
Hertz is teaming up with Hendrick Motorsports to offer a chance to win a custom 2020 Camaro SS. Now through November 15, you can enter the Hertz Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes for a chance to win the custom Hertz-Hendrick Motorsports Camaro SS and a VIP trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Hertz Ultimate Ride sweepstakes is free to enter and there is no purchase necessary. Visit www.hertz.com/CamaroSweepstakes to enter to win and see official rules.
Hertz is known for giving customers unique driving experiences by offering custom high-performance vehicles. The Hertz-Hendrick Motorsports custom Camaro SS and a limited edition 2020 Camaro ZL1 will also be available to rent in select cities beginning mid October. I think it’s time to rent a new Camaro in a warmer area of the country!
Fall is national Car Care Month, be sure to get your FREE car care guide in English, Spanish and French. The guide offers information you can use over and over again. Every driver should have one. Go to CarCare.org.Follow Us: