October is Fall Car Care Month
October is Fall Car Care Month
October is Fall Car Care Month, which is the best time to perform basic maintenance tasks before winter. The Car Care Council shares free tips and maintenance guides through different platforms to educate car owners about the importance of essential maintenance in October. Here are some useful maintenance tips for you.
Replace Worn Windshield Wipers
Precipitation is a common problem in the winter season. You will need good windshield wipers to clear the windshield of any rain or snow and see clearly. Windshield wipers last for six months up to a year. Check the wipers for any deformation or cracks. If the wiper blades are worn out, get a new set of windshield wipers. Also, check the wiper fluid reservoir. During fall car care, drain the old wiper fluid solution and fill the reservoir with wiper fluid with an anti-freezing compound.
Change Engine Oil
Engine oil provides lubrication to moving parts of the engine. You need to check the engine oil before the fall season ends. If the engine oil has turned black, get the oil changed. Make sure you choose oil with the right viscosity for the winter season. Check the car owner’s manual for more information. Similarly, you also need to ensure the engine oil is filled up to the recommended level.
Switch to Winter Tires
All-season tires are not recommended for the winter season, especially if you live in a region that receives snowfall. The tread rubber of all-season does not have any special formulation to stay soft in a colder environment. At temperatures below seven degrees, the tread rubber loses flexibility and hardens like a plastic ball, and the tire just rolls on the ground or snow with no traction performance. Hence, you need to switch to winter tires before winter sets in.
Replace Burned-Out Bulbs
As winter closes in, visibility is affected. You may need lights even during the daytime. Lights are important in winter to see clearly and also be seen. Check all exterior lights like headlights, brake lights, turn signals and other lights. Also, check the lights inside the trunk and cabin. Replace any burned-out bulbs. Clean the light covers for better illumination.
Examine the Suspension System
A good suspension system is important for a smooth ride. Inspecting the suspension system can be difficult for a beginner. If you are not confident enough to check the suspension system, take your car to your local mechanic. You need to check the suspension system annually. Some of the parts that need to be checked are chassis parts such as tie rod ends, ball joints, struts, shock absorbers and other related components. If you have not checked the suspension system for a long time, October is the right time to get the suspension system checked.
Check the battery for any leakages or signs of rust. Also, check that the battery can hold a charge. If the battery has lost the capacity to hold a charge, get a new battery.
Fall car care goes a long way in protecting your vehicle investment. It is a better way to keep your car running efficiently and safely, even in harsh weather.