At Cowichan Auto Repair, we would like to let everybody know that October is FALL CAR CARE MONTH. Now is the perfect time to get your car ready for winter. Regular car care can help you avoid expensive repairs to your car down the road. By being proactive, we can help ensure the reliability and safety of our vehicles when winter weather is here.
The non-profit Car Care Council recommends 10 basic car maintenance steps for Fall Car Care Month. We definitely suggest following these 10 easy car maintenance procedures because they will help keep your vehicle running at its best.
1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, brake and transmission fluids, power steering, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
3. Check the battery to make sure the connection is clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Replace the battery if needed.
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 fixed as soon as possible.
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. Proper heating and cooling is important for your comfort while driving and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
9. Check the tires, tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear on tires shows there is a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
10. Check the window wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly. If wiper blades are old and worn they should be replaced.
These 10 steps that you take today can go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle.