Take the time to watch the video so you understand how to use jumper cables, and be sure to print off a copy of the directions and put them in your car right away. If you ever need to start a dead battery, you’ll be glad you did.
Don’t rely on strangers to know how and help you. Some guys want to be macho and make it look like they know what they’re doing when they don’t. Even if they do the work for you, make sure YOU know if they’re doing it right. Getting it wrong can create huge repair bills.
Your car may have handled the heat like a pro, but how will it do in the cold?
Autumn is a great time for automotive maintenance and repair.
We can repair the wear and tear from all the extra miles put on in the summer and prepare for those colder days ahead.
“Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling,” says Rich White, executive director of the non-profit Car Care Council. “Whether you perform the check or maintenance yourself or go to the repair shop, its a small investment of time and money to ensure peace of mind, and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.”
To ensure that your car keeps running at its peak performance here is a Fall Car Care Checklist:
#1 Tire Pressure
Proper tire pressure helps your car’s gas mileage.
It’s even more important when the temperature drops because tires lose 1 PSI for every 10 degrees.
Tires should be checked monthly to assure that they are filled to their recommended PSI rating.
Your PSI rating can be found on the driver’s side door paneling, in the owner’s manual, or sometimes on the tires themselves.
Put winter-weight antifreeze in windshield wiper wash.
Change wiper blades – they should be changed every 6 months.
Use special blades for ice & snow if you live in a frosty climate.
Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly.
Ensure that all exterior and interior lights work and headlights are aimed properly.
The Car Care Council offers a free Car Care Guide featuring major services, 12 component groups within the vehicle, service interval recommendations, environmental awareness, finding a repair shop and much more.
There is nothing like one last road trip in the autumn to enjoy the fall foliage, the crisp, clean air and last vestiges of longer daylight.
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