October is the perfect time to give your car a little extra love before the harsh winter weather hits. Here are some tips to help you avoid costly emergency breakdowns during the cold months:
- Check the brakes and tires – Before inclement weather and hazardous road conditions set in, take your car to your nearest Utah tire shop for a brake and tire check up. Most Salt Lake City tire stores will do a free inspection. They can then give you an estimate to repair or replace any part of the brake system that is worn out or defective. Have your tires inspected for tread depth. It’s also a good idea to invest in winter tires or snow tires to ensure your safety on snowy or icy roads.
- Check all fluids, hoses, and belts – Make sure to top off your fluids, such as brake, steering, transmission, windshield wiper, antifreeze, and engine oil. Have your hoses and belts inspected for cracks, brittle or frayed parts, or signs of excessive wear.
- Inspect the battery – Make sure that the battery connection is clean and corrosion-free. Replace the battery if necessary.
- Assess the engine – A good tune up will ensure that your engine will deliver the best balance of fuel economy and power. It must also produce the minimal level of emissions.
- Inspect the HVAC system – Your car’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems should be in good working condition. You don’t want to be driving in the frigid weather without a source of warmth inside the car.
- Check wipers and lights – Your wipers are critical when you drive in the rain or snow. A working light system is also important for safety.
- Inspect the steering and suspension system – Winter can introduce rough and rugged road conditions, so prepare with an annual checkup of your car’s shock absorbers, struts and other components such as tie rod ends and ball joints.
While the weather is still temperate, get your car in prime working condition so you can greet winter with confidence.