Friday, August 13, 2010

Vehicle Fall Check Up Season ~ Prepare for the Cold ahead

As summer draws to an end, you should think about your fall check up for you vehicle before the cold weather season begins. Just as you would get a yearly check up, your vehicle needs to be checked regularly especially if you live in an area of the country where you experience all four seasons.

Those who live in warmer climates have an added benefit of periodic maintenance to their vehicles which makes for a longer vehicle life, better gas mileage and the gives you the ability to spot and fix minor problems early and possibly avoid costly future repairs.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a nonprofit organization that tests and certifies automotive technicians offers this advice as you prepare you vehicle for the cold weather. 

Read your owner's manual and follow the manufacturers recommended service schedules.

Get problems such as hard starts, rough idling, stalling and diminished power corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. While there, ask the shop to replace all dirty filters.

If you live in a region where you experience extremes in cold try putting a bottle of fuel de-icier in your tank at least once a month, this will help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keep the gas tank filled to help prevent moisture from forming.

Change the oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, and more often and at least every 3,000 miles or so especially if you’re driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.

The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. At this time you should check the level, condition and concentration of the coolant. A certified auto technician also should check the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses.

Make sure the heater and de-froster system are both in good working condition.

When it comes to your routine battery care, make sure to scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces, and re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Note that removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data on some newer vehicles, so check your manual. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid.

Have your vehicle's exhaust system examined for leaks and the trunk and floorboards inspected for small holes.

Examine the tires for remaining tread life and uneven wearing. Check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Remember to check the tire pressure once a month and rotate them as recommended. Don't forget to check the spare and make sure the jack is in good condition.

By giving your vehicle the once over before the cold winter is here, you will ensure that your vehicle will not only last a lot longer but you will avoid any expensive repairs by having regular maintenance done early.

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  1. Great tips for the upcoming season especially in the north!

  2. Getting ready for winter already up north the leaves are starting to drop! Good article!