October 9, 2015

Fall Car Care Tips

It’s official, Autumn has arrived. From pumpkin spiced lattes to the abundance of colorful foliage, there are plenty of reasons to call fall your favorite season. It’s also Car Safety Month in Canada and Fall Car Care Month in the United States. With Old Man Winter looming just around the bend, it’s the ideal time for a tune-up.

Here are the Top 10 Fall Maintenance Tips, courtesy of our friends at the Car Care Council:

  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  6. Check engine performance to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and producing the lowest level of emissions.
  7. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
  8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  9. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  10. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Much of this maintenance can be accomplished with a little bit of elbow grease, but if  you’re not comfortable getting under the hood, be sure to schedule a service appointment with your preferred local provider. Remember, preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your car running safe as the weather changes. Plus, it will ensure you minimize the impact on your wallet in the long run.

Did you know that Mojio Gauge can you help you plan and manage your regular maintenance schedule, in addition to alerting you if you have engine trouble? Learn more here.

Happy driving from the entire team at Mojio!

P.S. For our drivers north of the border, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving this weekend!