Fall Car Care Check List


October is Fall Car Care Month
It is a great time to make sure your vehicle for winter and up to date on all maintenance and repair items.  Taking the time to check on your vehicle's condition is an important part of taking care of our second largest investment.  The steps you take today can go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle. Regular car care can also help you avoid costly repairs down the road, saving you both time and money.

1) BRAKES: Summer travel gives brake pads a heavy workout, resulting in the removal of thin layers.  Now is the time to check pads, shoes rotors,drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.

2) TIRES:  Closely inspect the tread and sidewall areas of tires for uneven or irregular wear. In addition, excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear can act as an indicator for other trouble spots on your vehicle. It's also important to ensure correct air pressure at all times in order to prevent premature wear.  Be sure to check the spare as well.  If replacements are needed, Mopar offers a complete lineup of tires.

3) BATTERY: Summer heat does the most damage to battery life and is why they often fail in the winter.  Check for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. Test and replace battery if necessary.

4) WIPER BLADES: Winter driving conditions challenge your ability to see the road. Mopar's lineup of wiper blades now includes Beam Blades, which provide superior all-weather performance and aid driving visibility.  The wiper blades boast a skin coating that seals the aerodynamic spoiler in order to protect it from winter weather.  Mopar Beam Blades also are constructed to eliminate exposed parts and to resist snow and ice clogging.

5) SHOCKS & STRUTS: For motorists located in cold and snowy climates, fall and winter also usher in a dreaded time of year: pothole season.  Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can also affect a number of related parts. Mopar shocks and struts optimize vehicle handling, tire life and keep vehicles riding smoothly.

6) ENGINE OIL: Ensure your engine has the correct viscosity in order to endure cold weather. Engine oil should be changed and replenished at recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids affect how an engine and its components perform and could potentially cause engine damage under extreme conditions.

7) FLUID LEVELS: All vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Key fluids included antifreeze/coolant level and concentrations, as well as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids.

8) ENGINE BELTS & HOSES: Replace belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.

9) AIR FILTER: The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants.  Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption.  A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.

10) HEADLAMPS & TAILLAMPS: Days become shorter in the fall and winter, meaning more nighttime driving and increased usage of headlamps and tail lamps.  Inspect and test all lamps on your vehicle to ensure proper function and proper alignment.

Give us a call and we would be happy to assist you in checking these items and help get you ready for winter!!!