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Post-Summer Car Care

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Kids are back in school, no more vacations, and cooler evenings are right around the corner. It is the perfect time to perform some inspections on your vehicle to make sure it will be ready for colder weather. Go ahead and check the recommended service schedules in your owner’s manual.

  • Engine Performance: If you’re experiencing rough idling, bad starting, or stalling, it needs to be corrected before the cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Fuel: Keep moisture and trash out of your fuel by using a fuel system cleaner. Follow the directions on the cleaner when using and be sure to know the size of your fuel tank. This can be found in your owner’s manual.
  • Oil: Most vehicles require an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to be certain. If most of your driving is stop and go, be sure to keep your oil changed as recommended by your vehicles manufacturer.
  • Cooling System: Check the coolant level and mixture in your radiator when the engine is cool. There needs to be a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant.
  • Battery: Cleaning off corrosion from posts/cables, tightening connections, and checking the level in cells can be done at home by some. The best way to check the health of your battery is to have it tested by a professional. Always wear protective equipment when checking your battery to avoid contact with corrosion and acid.
  • Lights: Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs. Clean lenses with a damp cloth when road grime and dirt has built up on them.
  • Exhaust System: Have your exhaust system examined by a certified technician for leaks. Have the floor boards and trunk of your vehicle checked for holes that may be allowing harmful exhaust fumes into your vehicle.
  • Tires: Don’t go into the cold season with worn tires. Keep a regular check on the tire pressure. Check for uneven tire wear and other hazards like nails or sidewall damage from rubbing curbs or parking stops.

Professional Automotive Services Inc. is here to help you with any of these issues as well as many others. Contact us or come by to make certain your vehicle is ready for cooler weather.