Basic auto care goes a long way and fall is a great time to check your vehicle before winter sets in. Here is a list of basic needs that you can go through to ensure your car is ready to go!
Check all fluids including power steering, brake, transmission, and engine oil. This is a great time to check antifreeze and coolant levels as well as windshield cleaner.
Check the battery. Ensure that the connection is corrosion-free, clean, and tight. Replace if necessary.
Check all hoses and belts. You want to make sure they are not cracked, frayed, brittle, or loose. Also, check to see if they are showing signs of excessive wear.
Check all tires including pressure, tread, bald spots, and bulges. Wheel alignment might be needed if there is uneven wear.
Check the brake system including brake linings, rotors, and drums. These should also be inspected at every oil change.
Check engine performance to ensure it is producing the lowest emissions and distributing the best balance of power.
Check the exhaust system. Make sure there are no leaks, damage, or broken supports. Exhaust leaks can be very dangerous and must be corrected immediately.
Check the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system. You want your HVAC to be working properly for comfort and things like defrosting.
Check the steering and suspension system. This includes struts, shock absorbers, and chassis parts.
Check wipers and lights. You want to ensure that you can see and be seen! Lighting includes exterior and interior. Replace worn out blades and clean headlights.
This is a basic checklist, but if you know something else is going on with your vehicle be sure and mention it to your service provider.