October is Car Care Month, and we suggest drivers to prepare their vehicle before Old Man Winter is knocking on the door.
Vehicle maintenance is very important, and there are a few simple things every driver can do to make sure their car is road-ready for the winter ahead.
October is the perfect month to make sure your vehicle is winter ready. The weather is mild, and there is plenty of time to deal with the potentially costly repairs before winter weather sets in. To ensure your vehicle is properly maintained, we recommend this checklist to motorists:
Winter Car Care Checklist
— Battery Cables and Terminals – Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight.
— Drive Belts – Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many multi-rib serpentine belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals.
— Engine system – Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. You’d better do a HHO carbon cleaning service before winter comes.
— Air Filter – Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a bright light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if — Wiper Blades – The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blades that leave streaks or miss spots.
— Washer Fluid – Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
— Brakes – If there is any indication of a brake problem, have the system inspected by a certified technician to ensure all components are in good working order.
— Transmission, Brake and Power Steering Fluids – Check all fluids under the hood to make sure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
— Emergency Road Kit – Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include:
– Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, clay-based kitty litter) or traction mats
– Snow shovel
– Flashlight with extra batteries
– Windshield washer solvent
– Ice scraper with brush
– Cloth or roll of paper towels
– Jumper cables (and know how to use them)
– Extra warm clothing such as gloves, hats and scarves
– Warning devices such as flares or triangles
– Drinking water
– Non-perishable snacks for both humans and pets
– First-aid kit
– Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, duct tape)