Though we don't get much of an extreme fall/winter in Orange Park, FL, we should still acknowledge that next month is Fall Care Care Month. With September coming to an end, the holiday season will be here before you know it. And if you plan to go anywhere this fall, then you will need a dependable ride. Whether you are a DIY type of gal or guy or prefer to take your car to a professional service technician, there are ten basic maintenance procedures during October Fall Car Care Month that you should do.
- Check all fluids, including motor oil, power steering, brake, transmission, coolant, and windshield washer fluid.
- Inspect the hoses and belts to ensure the rubber is not cracked, frayed, loose, or showing signs of aging.
- Test the battery and replace the battery if necessary. Make sure the connection and terminals are clean, stable, and free of corrosion.
- Check the brake system, including brake linings, rotors, and drums.
- Inspect the exhaust system for leaks and damages. Exhaust problems usually are signaled with smoke or excessive noise.
- Check engine performance to make sure your motor is delivering a balance of power and fuel economy.
- Check the HVAC system to ensure you are riding comfortably. You will also want your defrosters to work to clear your windshield for optimal visibility.
- Examine the steering and suspension system, including shock absorbers, struts, and chassis parts.
- Monitor all your tires, including tire pressure and tread wear. Uneven tire wear may mean that you need a wheel alignment for the start of the new season. Please check for bulges and bald spots as well!
- Check the wipers and interior/exterior light so thatyou can see through any weather. This procedure shouldn't take any more than 5 minutes.
If you need any assistance inspecting your car or uncover any mechanical problems during your at-home inspection, please bring your vehicle to Transmission Hero. Our technicians would be glad to take a look at you and replace any necessary parts or fluids. Give us a call at (904) 830-9093 if you have any questions or concerns.