Fall Car Maintenance Tips
Fall is an ideal time to perform basic maintenance on your car, truck or SUV before the cold, dark days of winter set in. Here's a checklist you can use to keep your car operating safely and reliably.
Inspect the Battery
Ensure that the terminals are tight and clean. If the terminals show signs of corrosion, disconnect and clean them with a wire brush. If the battery has removable caps, check the water level and refill with distilled water as needed. If the battery is getting old, Parkway Auto Care can check the condition and replace it if necessary.
Check the Lights
Check that your tail lights, headlights and turn signal lights are all working. Replace any interior lights that have burned out. If your headlights are cloudy or hazy it can greatly reduce the amount of light that gets to the road. Headlight restoration kits are available for around $25 that can polish the plastic lens to remove fine scratches and haze.
Check the Tires
Having properly inflated tires with good tread is essential during the winter months to ensure that there's enough traction to stop on snow and ice-packed roads. To check your tire tread insert a penny into the grooves of your tire tread with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, it's time to start shop for new tires.
Clean and Wax
Wash your car to remove sap, tar and other residue from the paint. Waxing your car every 2-3 months will protect the finish from winter road grime and make it easer to keep the paint clean. It's important to clean the windows inside the car to improve visibility when the sun is lower in the sky during the winter months.
Test the Heater and Defroster
Before cold weather arrives, check that the heater is blowing warm air and the defroster is heating the glass. If either is not working, stop by Parkway Auto Care to have the heater inspected and repaired.
Replace Wipers if Necessary
Wipers will last around 6-12 months. If they are leaving streaks of water on your windshield, its time to replace them.
Check Fluid Levels
Check the oil, coolant and wiper fluid levels. Top off fluids as needed.
A winter emergency kit should include:
- Bag of sand or cat litter
- Warm blankets & gloves
- Windshield washer
- Road flares or reflective warning triangles
- Snow brush and ice scraper
- First Aid Kit
For all your car maintenance and repair needs, help is right around the corner at Parkway Auto Care.