October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

Each year, the Car Care Council designates the month of October as Fall Car Care Month to remind drivers to get their cars ready for winter. Basic maintenance and repairs go a long way in keeping keep your car fit for the road, even in harsh climate conditions. Here are some useful car care tips for you.

Inspect the Filters  

You need to check the condition of filters such as PCV, fuel and air filters. Clogged filters affect the efficiency of the systems. If the fuel filter is clogged, it leads to the burning of more fuel and an increase in fuel costs. Similarly, clogged air filters lead to the poor performance of the air conditioning system. Hence, you need to clean or replace filters during fall car care. 

Check Engine Oil 

According to car manufacturer’s you need to check the level of engine oil periodically and change it according to schedule. If the engine oil has turned black, get the oil changed. During winter, regular engine oil freezes and provides less protection to the engine. Hence, you need to use engine oil with the right viscosity during the cold season. You can check the car owner’s manual to find the right engine oil type for the winter season.

Examine Belts and Hoses 

Hoses and belts are used in several systems in the car. You need to ensure the hoses and belts are in good condition. If you find any hose leaks, take your car to the garage to replace the damaged part immediately. Similarly, check the conditions of belts. If the belts are loose or damaged, get them replaced before the fall season ends. Ignoring belts and hoses can become troublesome for you. For example, in older cars, if the timing belt breaks, the engine will not run, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Check HVAC System 

You need to get your HVAC system running for winter, and October is the right time to make sure that everything is working properly. Check the heater core and ventilation for any blockages. You need to ensure that the heater is working efficiently to keep the cabin warm during winter. Often there is a leak in heater core that goes unnoticed as it is fitted under the dashboard. Get it replaced if necessary.

Inspect the Tires  

Check the tread depth of all tires. If the tread is less than 2/32 inch deep, it’s time to get new tires. You should always get winter tires if you live in a region that receives moderate to heavy snowfall. Winter tires have a special rubber formulation that keeps the tread rubber soft even at temperatures below seven degrees and gives better traction performance. 

Fall car care will keep your car running smoothly, even in icy conditions. Neglecting basic maintenance during fall is like inviting car problems during winter.