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TIRECRAFT Tips – Fall Car Care Month

Did you know the month of October in the automotive industry is considered “Fall Car Care Month?”  Here at TIRECRAFT we like to help our customers get their vehicles prepared for the upcoming winter and those unexpected driving conditions. We have compiled a list of basic proactive maintenance that can help ensure safety and reliability of your vehicle when winter strikes.

The last thing any driver wants is to have their vehicle break down in cold, harsh winter weather.  October is the ideal time to give your vehicle a little extra attention before cold weather sets in.

Call your local TIRECRAFT today to book an appointment and get your vehicle ready for winter!

Our list of proactive maintenance includes:

1. Switch/Check Your Tires: Beat the rush and get your tires switched over for the winter season. Ensure your tires are properly inflated and have visible tread to prepare for upcoming rainy and snowy months. Remember that tire pressure drops as the temperature does – so pressure should be checked regularly.

2. Check all Fluids: Your vehicle needs to be stocked up with fluids to get through the cold weather. Be sure to have your engine oil, power steering, brake & transmission, antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer fluid all checked and topped up.

3. Check the Battery: If you’re having trouble starting your car in warm weather, it would be ideal to get your battery checked/replaced before the cold weather months. Make sure the connection is tight, clean and corrosion free.

4. Check Hoses & Belts: Ensure all hoses and belts are not cracked, frayed, loose or showing signs of wear. If so, they need to be replaced.

5. Check the Brake System: Brakes on your vehicle should be checked annually. Be sure to have the brake linings, rotors and drums looked at to prepare for winter driving.

6. Inspect the Exhaust System: Have your exhaust system checked for leaks or damage, if you hear an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be fixed immediately.

7. Check HVAC System: Have your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) evaluated as proper heating and cooling is important for interior comfort as well as safety reasons such as defrosting.

8. Check Wipers & Lighting: It is important in any driving conditions to keep your vision as clear as possible. Making sure interior and exterior lights are in top working condition is key. It is also imperative to make sure wiper blades are working properly as well. Wiper blades can get worn and cracked from use – so it is suggested to replace these every 6 months.

Following these TIRECRAFT Tips can not only help extend the life of your vehicle but also better prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter driving months. Call your local TIRECRAFT to book an appointment or to ask for expert advice.

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