October is Fall Car Care Month, and it's the perfect time to make sure your car is ready for cold weather and up to date on all maintenance. Regular maintenance will go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle. Whether you do some of it yourself or visit a trusted mechanic, take the following advice to avoid potential problems later.
- Check the battery and connections for corrosion. Replace the battery if necessary before the weather gets too cold.
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Change the fluids as recommended in your owner's manual.
- Check belts and hoses for cracks or signs of excessive wear. If you notice something, have it inspected by your mechanic.
- Have your brake system checked annually. The brake lining, rotors, and drums should also be checked at each oil change.
- Have your engine inspected to make sure it is producing the lowest level of emissions. Ideally, you want your engine to deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.
- Inspect the exhaust system for damage and leaks. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be fixed promptly.
- Have your HVAC system inspected for optimal functioning. Heating and cooling are essential for interior comfort and defrosting is important for visibility.
- Inspect your tires for tread depth and pressure. If your tires are wearing unevenly, you may need a wheel alignment. If you notice bald spots, it may be time to replace your tires.
- Check the wipers and lights. If your wipers are making a lot of noise, they need to be replaced. Good wipers are critical in inclement weather. The interior and exterior lighting should all be working properly so you can see and be seen.
Give your car some extra attention before the harsh winter weather sets in. Schedule a maintenance check-up as soon as possible. Head to Hometown Auto after the sale for all your service needs. From fluid and battery checks to oil changes, we will get your car in tip-top shape for the colder weather.