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by admin, October 10, 2022, Tips

Essential Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

It’s that time where we have to maintenance cars before the Winter months set in. It’s something we put off, we don’t want to pay for, or take the time to do. But in reality, you will be saving your pocketbook in the long run. You might have to spend a little to go a long way vs not spending anything on maintenance and not getting far because of serious car issues due to neglect. Here are some things to be sure to keep in mind so that your vehicle is running in great condition until it needs maintenance again in the Spring.

Your Owner’s Manual

Remember that booklet, called the owner’s manual, that’s buried in your glovebox? Dust it off and turn to the section that covers the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule⁠—you’ll find the suggested intervals for the routine services the automaker recommends. Be sure to check the heat and make sure it’s working properly. Check brake pads, discs, spark plugs, and any other standard maintenance.

Check the battery

Cooler temperatures reduce your battery’s cranking power. Be sure to check your battery by removing the plastic caps on the top and checking the fluid levels. For more information, you can also refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

If the fluid is low, add distilled water. If you are fortunate enough to have a maintenance-free battery, simply check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If your battery is more than five years old, or if it exhibits signs of weakness or deterioration, it is time to replace it.

Check your wiper blades

Often times wiper blades are overlooked until it is too late. Even the best-performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months, causing streaks or missed expanses of glass.

You can extend the life or your wiper blades by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade occasionally with a paper towel and glass cleaner. It is recommended that you replace wiper blades as often as twice per year.

Clear the Windows

Take a few extra minutes before travel and clean your windows. If your windows are dirty, you are obstructing your view putting everyone at risk.

Use an ice scraper on frosty mornings when necessary. If you park outside, it helps to place the wipers in the raised position when it’s going to snow overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield.

Dirt, mud, and salt residue are commonly kicked up off the roadways during travel. Therefore, it’s likely that you’ll be using your windshield washers frequently. Be sure to keep your windshield-washer fluids topped off with a winter-blend washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent.

Check the Oil

Motor oil will thicken when the temperatures drop. Without proper oil, your engine will surely take a beating and may not even turn over. Not all oil is created equally. Generally, you should be using multi-viscosity oil that has a “W” in the viscosity index, signifying that it’s formulated for winter use. Typical formulas that are recommended for modern engines include 5W-20, 5W-30, and 10W-30, which provide good oil flow at low temperatures and can often be used year-round. You should also always have your oil filtered check to ensure it is properly functioning at every oil change.

It’s all in the tread

You don’t want to find out your tires are worn out the hard way. Your vehicles should have tires that visually exhibit good tread for the traction you need on wet or snowy pavement.

A set of all-season tires should do the job in our area. Look for a highly rated set that has performed well in our snow-traction and ice-braking tests and keep in mind when replacing tires, it’s safest to replace all four tires at one time.

If you take these steps, you will save a lot of stress dealing with an accident and feeling frazzled. Be prepared for that accident that you’re  unprepared for.

 

Looking for a Reputable Automotive Collision Repair Shop in Southampton, PA after an Accident? We are there in your time of need.

Tri-County Collision Center is an ASE / I-CAR® GOLD certified auto body shop located in Southampton, PA. Call one of our technicians today to learn more about our collision repair and auto painting services. We are OEM certified collision repair facility for INFINITI, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Acura, Honda, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Dodge and Jeep.

Tri-County Collision Center is conveniently located near the PA turnpike, route 95 and Street Road, County Line Road and Second Street Pike at 995 Jaymor Road, Southampton, PA  18966. Give us a call at 215.322.5350 or just stop in if you’re in need of auto collision services.

Tri-County Collision Center’s shop hours are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, and Saturday by appointment. We would be happy to supply you with an auto repair quote online or over the phone and we always welcome comments and suggestions.

Need a tow or a rental car due an auto collision accident? No worries, Tri-County Collision Center also provides services for tow, rental car, and insurance claims assistance. You are in good hands with a trusted collision shop in Southampton, PA.

Tri-County Collision Center’s shop hours are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, and Saturday by appointment. We would be happy to supply you with an auto repair quote online or over the phone and we always welcome comments and suggestions.

Need a tow or a rental car due an auto collision accident? No worries, Tri-County Collision Center also provides services for tow, rental car, and insurance claims assistance. You are in good hands with a trusted collision shop in Southampton, PA.