By Erin Thompson
One way to help ease those woes is to give your car seasonal maintenance check-ups. By checking in with your ride every few months, you can keep your vehicle running smoothly, and maybe even save some cash.
Filters: After a long summer, fall is the perfect time to check your filters. Make sure you check your air, oil, and fuel filters. You’ll want all of these filters clean and clear so that your car runs smoothly. And, it may help you avoid any potential mechanical issues.
Tires: If you live in an area that gets snow or ice, tires are a big thing to check before the winter comes in full force. The change in seasons is a prime time to check tire pressure, rotate your tires, and check the tread. Healthy tires are key for a healthy car.
Battery: It’s common for batteries to run out of juice in the winter. The cold temperatures can make it more difficult for a tired battery to keep on working. This is a good time of year to check your battery and make sure it will last the season. If it is on the older end of the spectrum, you may want to consider replacing it.
Wintertime Emergency Kit: It’s important to have a car emergency kit all year-round, but the beginning of winter is a great time to check your wintertime emergency kit. Make sure you’re stocked up on kitty litter for stuck tires, a snow shovel, food, and water.
Windshield Wipers: Your windshield wipers have quite the tough job in the winter. Snow and ice can be hard on your wipers, and they’ll probably be pretty worn by the time spring finally rolls around. Spring is a great time to replace the wipers, so you’re ready for April showers and those summertime thunderstorms.
Coolants: As the weather starts warming, take the time to check those coolant levels. Check your coolant levels, condition, and your antifreeze to make sure your car is ready for those hot summer days.
Lights: Summer is a great time to check on your headlights and tail lights. It’s easy not to notice when one a light is out. Make a point to get out of your car and ensure each one comes on. That sure beats getting a ticket for having one out, or not being able to see well on a light-night summer drive.
Summertime Emergency Kit: Winter isn’t the only time you need an emergency kit. You should have a summertime emergency kit for any summer breakdowns. You’ll want to re-stock anything you may be running low on from the winter, but also add new items for the new season. Make sure you’ve got plenty of water, sunscreen, and a spare tire ready in case of a flat.
Year-round car maintenance
Breaking down your maintenance throughout the year may help you avoid spending thousands on car maintenance all at one time. By looking at small things to tackle each season, you can ensure your car is always running in tip-top shape.
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Posted December 2, 2019 in Street Smarts.