It's All About Maintenance! Especially for Winter...

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It's All About Maintenance! Especially for Winter...

Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving is the first real note of the weather moving toward fall, and ideally, it is during this time that you should be paying a bit more attention to your car’s maintenance.

Know Your Car

If you haven’t been sticking to some form of a service schedule for your car, you may want to read through your owner’s manual to see what is recommended. You may have missed a lot of regular maintenance. Not everyone is a car aficionado or weekend mechanic, so most rely on the expertise of others. However, we strongly recommend that you have at least a basic knowledge of how your car works and what the various parts of your car are.

Add This to Your Holiday Checklist

Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Here in California, we have a more temperate climate, but the following applies regardless:

  • If there is anything wrong with engine performance or driveability, get it repaired before you have to drive in the rain or snow (yes, snow, Southern California still has mountains).

  • Replace dirty filters to make your engine more efficient. A dirty engine burns more gasoline.

  • If the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keeping the gas tank filled also helps prevent moisture from forming.

  • Change your oil and oil filter regularly, and more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. This is essential for your engine.

  • The cooling system should be flushed and refilled.

  • The heater and defroster must be in good working condition.

  • Replace old wiper blades regularly and stock up on windshield washer fluid.

  • Have your battery checked. The last place you want your car battery to die is in the middle of the freeway, in the rain.

  • Check all lights and bulbs. Clean them if they need cleaning and replace the ones that are no longer working.

  • Make sure the exhaust system is examined for leaks and problems while the vehicle is on a lift.

  • TIRES! Make sure the tread is in good shape and check tire pressure once a month.

  • Have your brakes checked.

  • Pay attention to the transmission. Have it checked regularly.

  • Always carry an emergency kit in your car: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, tire chains, a flashlight and extra batteries, a cell phone and extra car charger. Keep some energy bars stowed away as emergency snacks.

At Least You Don’t Need to Worry about Voshing

Get your car washed where you want and when you want without having to waste precious time waiting around for it. One less thing you have to do means more time for things you want to do. We’re going live in the new year!

Publish Date: 12/27/2015
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