October is Fall Car Care Month
With summer becoming a distant memory, it is time to admit that winter is just around the corner. But technically it is still fall. This means you still have time left to get your automobile geared up for the colder months ahead. These incredibly important checks will help you protect your investment for many years to come.
The fall season marks the need for inspecting your car’s battery. Check the terminals and cables for tight contact. Make sure they are snug and retighten them if necessary. Connections that are corroded or dirty may need to be disconnected for proper cleaning.
Use a wire brush or other cleaning tools for this purpose. Note that your radio or navigation systems often need a fresh entry of security code upon disconnecting the battery. If you have a maintenance-free battery that is sealed with no removable caps, then there is little to do. You may have to check the water levels for batteries with removable caps periodically. Refill with distilled water as necessary.
You may want to think about investing in a trickle charger if your car is likely to be parked for an extended time. This action will keep the batteries charged all the while your car is at rest. Remember that replacing the battery is a prudent action since all car batteries tend to lose their power over time. You may also want to select the right size for your battery. You can refer to an in-store guide or an owner’s manual for this purpose.
Like your car, headlights also age with time. They tend to become hazy or cloudy, especially if your vehicle is parked routinely outside. Do not ignore this as a minor cosmetic problem. Clouded headlights pose a serious safety threat by compromising on the night vision capabilities.
So, what can you do? Fortunately, even the cloudiest of the lenses can be cleaned using a headlight restoration kit. These kits are incredibly affordable, and all you need to do is follow its instructions. Typically, a bit of elbow grease will give you good results. You may even consider replacing the headlights altogether for lasting effectiveness.
Perform monthly tread inspections to determine whether your tires warrant a replacement. Nevertheless, responsible driving and proper maintenance can help to maximize the tire’s mileage.
Did you notice that the tread left is less than 1/8th of an inch? If so, it’s time to shop for a new tire. Consider opting for all-season tires since it is economical and more straightforward than maintaining a separate set of tires for every season. While all-season tires deliver a well-rounded performance, they are not outstanding in snow. Consider winter tires that display exceptional snow traction, especially if you live in a region that experiences heavy snowfall. But they tend to have only a fair braking ability on clear roads. So, check out a few tire ratings and buying guides before concluding your tire purchase.
Preventive and proactive car maintenance is always essential. Prepping your car during the fall is an excellent way to stay ahead of the upcoming winter challenges. It is a practice that benefits both your vehicle and yourself as a car owner.