Fall Car Care Month: October

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Never underestimate the power of all of the miles you place on your car. All of your time spent on the road adds up to likely wear and tear, little things that go wrong here and there that if left untouched can easily cause much bigger problems, down the road.

October as Fall Car Care Month is the ideal time to perform low end maintenance yourself or to take it to a professional mechanic such as Auto Electric. With winter right around the corner, a tune-up is a great way to ensure that your vehicle is ready to meet the challenges that the bitter cold months will provide. Check the following list of things you can handle what you can do with regard to what you can do before getting that tune-up at Auto Electric:

Battery 

These items, as many of us know, drain and die. Do not let one that is in a bad way head into winter in that fashion. Replace it if called for, perform some light maintenance if not. All connection points should be snug and tight. If any level of corrosion has built up, clean the area as well as you can.

Belts and Hoses

Take a look at any and all, you will likely have many. They fray over time and season. Try to ensure that they are cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.

Brakes

Your brakes break down because, well, think about the number of times you during just a short drive hit the brakes. These important pieces of your car have many cogs that need a check-up annually like brake linings, rotors and drums. To be even more efficient, have your breaks checked at each oil change.

Exhaust

Check for anything out of the ordinary. Things like damage, leaks, broken support system. Strange sounds are often an indicator of issues, like leaks. An exhaust leak is a major issue and something that you should address immediately by taking your vehicle to a worthy mechanic.

Fluids

This being an easy “fix”—any fluids lacking—just give them a refill. Engine oil, power steering, brakes, transmission, windshield washer and of course, antifreeze.

Steering and Suspension

Steering and suspension should be looked upon annually. Items falling within these categories being shock absorbers and struts. Other items within these systems likely should be left to a mechanic.

Tires

Always keep the tire pressure at points specified on the inside of your door. Tread is another concern as you do not want to head into winter without proper grip on the road.

Wipers and Lighting 

Make sure all of your interior and exterior lighting is working properly. If you have come to notice that your windshield wipers are not performing their required tasks as well as they once did, replace them.

If you would like more information about Fall Car Care Month as it applies to services we can provide, call Auto Electric at 952-937-2774 or you can contact us to Request and Appointment.

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