October Car Care Tips: Part 2
October is AAA Car Care Month. Earlier this month, we shared some tips on how to keep your vehicle in good working condition. We covered some of the basics, like checking your tires, battery charge, oil, and windshield wiper blades.
But those aren’t the only things you’ll want to check, especially as the temperature drops and winter is just around the corner. We’ve got four more car care tips to help keep your car or truck safe on the road.
Four (More) Seasonal Car Care Tips
Engine – The coming cold weather will make any existing engine issues worse, so this is a good time to have a good mechanic check any drivability problems. Replace air filters as needed, and pay attention to any warning lights. If the “check engine” light comes on, there may be a problem with the exhaust emissions. Make an appointment to have this checked. If the light comes on and flashes, the catalytic converter may overheat and cause a fire, so it is best to have this checked immediately.
Cooling – You should flush and refill the cooling system about every two years, and check coolant levels at every oil change. While you’re at it, check the cooling system hoses and clamps and the drive belts, or have a licensed mechanic do it for you.
Heating and defrosting – Don’t wait for the bitter cold days ahead to check your heating and defrosting system. A failing defroster will not only make your ride less comfortable, but it can also be dangerous.
Lights – As days grow shorter and bad weather is on its way, it’s ever important that your vehicle is well-lit. Make sure all headlights and taillights are working properly, and consider having your headlight lenses cleaned (but not with a dry rag!). A foggy or scratched headlight lens can decrease visibility. The better you can see, the more likely you are to avoid a crash.
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