Before you know it, summer will be coming to an end and with it the return of colder-weather driving. Fall is an important time for car owners to prepare for the long months of winter driving ahead by performing routine auto maintenance that will help keep them safe on the road.
At Fred Beans, we’re committed to providing our customers throughout the Doylestown, Flemington, and Philadelphia region with the best information on how to keep their vehicles running at peak performance. Getting a head start on your car maintenance checklist can help save you time during the busy holiday season and avoid any costly repairs due to neglect. Here’s our list of important simple maintenance
Car Maintenance Checklist
Depending on your vehicle’s condition and maintenance history, the following areas should be inspected by a licensed technician in preparation for colder weather:
- Battery Charging System. In winter conditions, your battery and charging system undergo increased pressure to properly perform. During particularly severe weather, it can take up to twice as much energy to start and operate your vehicle than under normal conditions. A licensed tech can test your battery’s strength and replace any worn or broken components.
- Windshield Wiper Blades. If your vehicle’s windshield wipers show signs of wear or leave streaks or spots while in use, immediately have them replaced at your nearest parts center. Snow and ice build up can further damage your blades and impair visibility.
- Oil and Filter. You should schedule to have your vehicle’s oil and filter changed every 5,000 -7,000 miles or at the guidance of your licensed technician. Special synthetic oils designed for cold-weather driving are available and should be used during the fall and winter months to ensure engine performance.
- Transmission, Brake, and Steering Fluids. Icy roads are not only stressful for you the driver but also places increased pressure on your vehicle’s transmission and braking system. Have all fluids inspected to make sure they are at the minimum safe levels.
- Heater and Defroster. This should be obvious but the last thing you’d want is to be stuck without heat or unable to defrost your front and back windshields. A licensed technician can run a test to ensure your vehicle’s system is working properly and replace any old air and cabin filters.
- Exterior Lights. Check to make sure all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights are operational and replace any burnt out bulbs or broken electrical wiring.
- Tire Rotation/Replacement. Your vehicle’s tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles and inspected for wear, punctures, or any other type of visible damage. Tires with worn treads perform poorly on snow and icy roads that could result in a serious accident.
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At Fred Beans, our team of highly skilled technicians can help you prepare for the chilly months ahead and keep your vehicle running at its best performance. If you’re a driver near Doylestown, Flemington, or Philadelphia and want to get a head start on your fall maintenance, simply stop in during service hours or schedule an appointment online today!