Check your antifreeze, get an oil change and make sure the treads on your tires are up to snuff, because October is Fall Car Care Month! The Car Care Council has designated October as such to prepare motorists for what may be a harsh, snowy winter in many states around our great Union.
Among the tips the Council has provided:

C
heck the coolant (antifreeze); coolant should be flushed and refilled every two years in most vehicles.

Check the owner's manual to see if your driving habits are considered "severe," and if so, have the oil changed accordingly, usually every 3,000 miles; consider changing to a "winter weight" oil if you live in a cold climate.

Check the battery and exhaust system - if the battery is older than four years, in may not work well in cold weather.

Make sure the brakes are working properly

Be certain the heater and defroster are working properly.

Keep the gas tank at least half full, decreasing the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.

Check tire tread depth and tire pressure; consider special tires if snow and ice are a problem in your area.

Check to see that lights work and headlights are properly aimed.

Replace wiper blades every six months; consider special snow blades if the weather dictates.

If you're not sure how to do these things on your own, many auto repair technicians are hosting vehicle check-ups in honor of this special month.



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