October is “Fall Car Care” Month

Fall is a great time of year to schedule your annual full major service, making sure your vehicle is in the best shape possible to safetly cope with the slick streets and cold temperatures of the winter months.

Here’s a checklist to help reduce the chances of problems and increase safety:

(All items that are starred are automatically checked as part of our 32 point inspection for free with ALL of our oil changes! What a value!)

Air filter*: Inspect the filter for dirt and tears in the paper and replace if necessary. This should be inspected AT LEAST two times a year.

Anti-freeze*: In the winter anti-freeze prevents freezing, which would overheat the engine as it would stop the flow of the coolant. Make sure you use the correct concentration.

Check your battery*: Check your battery for corrosion and make sure the terminals are clean and dry. Keep the battery fully charged. If the battery levels are too low, your vehicle might not have enough charge to turn over and start in cold weather. You don’t want to be stranded!

Inspect your brakes: Check your brakes and brake fluid twice a year to make sure everything is in order. If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) keep an eye on your dashboard indicator. Another tell-tale that your brakes need serviced would be any squealing, gripping or grinding occurring when the brakes are applied. Our brake inspections are reasonably priced and often times are waived if brake repairs are done the same day.

Check your headlights: Make sure they are free from damage and they are clean. Over time headlights will yellow and get small cracks in the surface. It is possible buff them instead of replacing the whole headlight assembly. It is a great service that saves you lots of money. Please look for our blog on headlight buffing.

Check your engine oil*: You can check your oil level and condition by removing the dipstick. If the oil looks black then it is time to do an oil change.

Windshield Washer Fluid*: Always ensure your washer container is topped up to the specified amount with windshield washer fluid in winter. Salt, dirt and snow can slosh up on your windshield and impair your vision. Especially for dark mornings or evening driving, this is essential.

Inspect your tires*: With the hazards of black ice, snow and poor visibility in winter, it’s essential to make sure your tires are in good condition. Make sure tires have proper tread depth and are properly inflated.  

Windshield wipers*: Wipers are essential in clearing the view through your windshield, particularly in winter when grit and salt is thrown from the road onto your windshield. Check for cracks or splitting and replace if required.

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