10 Tips for Fall Car Care
1. Check Your Car’s Brakes
Because brakes are the most used and often abused components of your car, they should be checked annually. Every time the brakes are applied, the brake pad deteriorates. Be sure to check pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers, fittings, other mechanical parts, and the parking brake for functionality and plan to get your brakes serviced when needed.
2. Be Sure to Check Your Car’s Tires
Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare. Improper tire pressure can lead to premature wear and adversely affect your car’s fuel efficiency. Be sure to inspect the entire surface of the tire, tread and sidewall, for uneven or irregular wear. Excessive wear whether on the edge, center or shoulder may be signs that other car maintenance is required. Keeping your tires in good condition will result in a smoother and safer ride.
3. Check Head and Taillights, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights
For your safety, it’s very important that all of these lights function properly. Because you rely on these lights for nightime, rainy or foggy driving, be sure to inspect and test all exterior lights. Also make sure that the car’s turn signals and hazard lights are working and in alignment.
4. Check Wiper Blades
A change in the seasos brings spring showers and summer storms. You’ll need properly functioning wiper blades to see and drive safely in all weather conditions.
5. Check Oil
Oil is the lifeblood of the engine much like water is for our bodies. Be sure to check the engine oil level often and change when recommended. Low or dirty oil may cause the engine and its components to fail which could result in an expensive repair.
6. Check Air Filter
The air filter protects the engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow within the engine diminishes performance and often increases your car’s fuel consumption. Replacing a dirty air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance and longer life.
7. Check All Fluid Levels
Warmer weather leads to planning Spring Break and Summer Vacation trips. With the increase in miles driven, vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked often and changed at recommended intervals to make sure they’re fresh and filled. If your car has dirty or low fluids, its performance could be diminished leading to breakdowns.
8. Check Battery
We’ve had a winter that seemed to go on forever. With all of the cold morning starts, your battery should be checked for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. You’ll need a strong battery to run the air conditioning and other car accessorie this summer. It may be time to replace the battery.
9. Be Sure to Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter
Belts and hoses are an important part of your car’s performance. You can prevent breakdowns or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals. The fuel filter should also be checked and replaced, when necessary, as it is key to the engine optimally running economically.
10. Check Shocks & Struts
Our area has a large amount of potholes, thanks to this past winter. Because winter is the pothole season, it’s very import to check your car’s shocks for wear they are the key to a smooth ride. Worn shocks and struts can have a negative impact on a number of related parts on your vehicle.
If your car is in need of care this fall, be sure to bring it into Cheseldine Tire and Auto.