Did you know that October is Fall Car Care Month? Every year the Car Care Council give out advice on car maintenance as, with Winter not far away, it is important to make sure your car is in the best condition ready for the colder months. This will hopefully prevent any problems and therefore expensive car maintenance bills or losing money on the retail value of your car. With this in mind here are five top car maintenance tips for Autumn.
1. Check Your Battery.
Batteries are actually one of the top causes of breakdowns in the UK so make sure it is fully charged and if you have an older car consider buying a new one. Make sure the connections are clean and free of corrosion. If you are not confident doing this yourself you can get one fitted locally at Iverson’s London Branch.
2. Check Your Antifreeze Level.
Antifreeze is designed to cool your engine if it gets too hot and protect if it gets too cold, so in the Autumn and Winter months it is important to make sure your levels are topped up. Looking at the reservoir where you put the antifreeze, check the markers on the side of it – the liquid should be within the min/max marker, preferably close to max. Check instructions on the antifreeze bottle for how to fill up.
3. Check Your Tyres.
Wet, icy and snowy conditions all mean your tyres need to be in good condition to prevent skidding and accidents. Check the tread on each tyre by inserting a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If you can’t see the outer rim around the edge of the coin, then your tyre is safe and has a minimum of 3mm tread depth. If you can see the rim then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional. Make sure you also go round and check the tyre pressure of each tyre and increase the pressure as per your manual.
4. Check Your Screen Wash.
During Autumn in particular you can go through a lot of screen wash, as spray and dirt washes up on your windscreen. Try to find screen wash that will work at low temperatures so it doesn’t freeze in the car when it is cold.
5. Check The Wipers.
Have a look at the wiper blades for wear and tear and make sure the wipers themselves are working properly. Wiper blades are not expensive so replace them if necessary. Also be careful if they get frozen to the screen as you can damage them pulling them off.
Hopefully these tips will help you get through those darker, colder months problem-free. Do you have any tips to share on your car maintenance? Let me know in the comments.
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