October is Fall Car Care Month: 10 Steps to Keep Your Car Up and Running

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures during Fall Car Care Month in October to keep your vehicle operating at its best.

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.

Signing up for the Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle now and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

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3 Responses to “October is Fall Car Care Month: 10 Steps to Keep Your Car Up and Running”

  1. October is Fall Car Care Month: 10 Steps to Keep Your Car Up and Running | Our Daily Tread Says:

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  2. Dominic Liu Says:

    十月秋季汽車保養月份:10個步驟讓您的汽車啟動和運行
    讓您的汽車準備過冬,而氣溫仍溫和是一個積極的態度,預防性維護,有助於確保安全性,可靠性和更少的意外維修時嚴冬來襲。無論你做你自己或坐你的車到專業的維修技師,非營利汽車護理理事會建議在十月份秋季汽車保養10個月的基本保養程序,讓您的車輛處於最佳狀態運行。

    1.檢查所有的液體,包括發動機油,動力轉向,剎車和傳輸,以及擋風玻璃清洗溶劑和防凍劑/冷卻液。

    2.檢查軟管和皮帶,以確保它們不會破裂,脆,磨損,鬆動或呈現過度磨損的跡象。

    3.檢查電池,必要時更換。確保連接是乾淨的,緊,無腐蝕。

    4.每年檢查制動系統,並且擁有在檢查每次換油的制動襯片,轉子和鼓。

    5.檢查是否有洩漏,損壞和破碎的支架或吊架排氣系統是否有異常噪聲。排氣洩漏可能是危險的,必須立即予以糾正。

    6.檢查發動機性能,以確保它正在提供電力和燃料經濟性的最佳平衡,並產生排放物的最低水平。

    7.檢查加熱,通風和空調(HVAC)系統作為合適的加熱和冷卻性能是室內的舒適性和安全的原因,如除霜至關重要。

    8.檢查每年的轉向和懸掛系統,包括減震器,支柱和底盤部件,如球窩接頭,拉桿兩端和其他相關組件。

    9.檢查輪胎,包括胎壓和胎面。不均勻磨損表明需要四輪定位。輪胎也應檢查凸起和禿斑。

    10.檢查雨刷和燈光,這樣你可以看與被看。檢查所有內部和外部照明是否正常工作,並更換磨損的雨刮片,所以你可以清楚地看到沉澱過程中駕駛時。

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