After all those summer road trips, it’s imperative you check your car’s brakes, tires, and heat system long before your car’s heat isn’t working one winter morning as the weatherman on the radio warns of ice patches on the road. Hot summer months can take their toll on your vehicle. Staying on top of basic auto care can help improve its safety and reliability, and it certainly plays a major role in your car is operating at its best when winter weather arrives. Conditions like icy roads and snow make driving more hazardous if there are any unnoticed issues, which is why The Care Car Council recognizes October as Fall Car Care Month.

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Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted technician at Crown Ford, here are 5 maintenance procedure to check off your list this October:

  1. Check your brake system. You should have your brake linings, rotors, and drums inspected every year, and with icy weather on the horizon, fall is the perfect time to make sure your brakes are in peak condition before any ice appears.
  2. Inspect your tires. In addition to checking tire pressure and tread, inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear. If you see any bubbles or bald spots, it’s time to look at a new set of tires.
  3. Check your HVAC system. This precaution isn’t just a matter of comfort. Proper heating and cooling performance are critical for your car to defrost properly.
  4. Inspect the steering and suspension system. Just like with your brakes, you should have this system checked every year, paying close attentions to your shock absorbers, struts, and chassis parts.
  5. Check your hoses and belts. A belt or hose failure can result in serious damage to your car, including an overheated engine, loss of the electrical charging system, and loss of power steering. If you see signs of excessive wear, it’s time for a replacement. 

A little goes a long way when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. It never hurts to take the time to check your vehicle, especially with cold weather on the horizon. If you have any questions or need help checking your car this fall, feel free to call our service team or schedule an appointment.

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