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Prepping For Cold Weather: Your October Car Care Checklist

While you might not be ready to think about it, colder days are approaching. Since it’s likely still bearable to stand out in your driveway or garage, this is the best time to get your car ready for Fall and Winter. Not sure where to start? Consider using this October car care checklist as a guide. By having the following items checked off by the end of the month, you can be ready before the snow starts falling.

    • Test the heating system
      Take a drive around your neighborhood while letting your heat run. Notice whether the car actually warms up. Also keep your senses sharp, noticing any unusual sounds or smells. If there are any issues, now is the time to have the heating repaired.


    • Check the antifreeze
      Take your car to the mechanic to have the coolant flushed or check out our Antifreeze DIY area to do it yourself. By starting the Fall with adequate antifreeze coolant, you can keep the temperature from causing any damage. Also, ask the mechanic about maintaining the car’s antifreeze even in the coldest months.


    • Inspect the windshield wipers
      Your car’s wipers certainly take a hit during the winter. Take a close look at the blades to check for damage. It is also a smart idea to install wiper blades for snow. Quality winter wiper blades can make all the difference when snow and ice become a factor.


    • Purchase snow tires
      In some regions, October may be too early to put on your snow tires, but this should be on your radar for Fall. These tires are key to your safety in heavy snow and ice, so be prepared.


    • Check your lights and battery
      Cold weather can wear on your car’s electrical system anyway, and this is amplified when your system is already faulty. If you need to replace the battery or lights, early Fall is a great time to do so.


    • Replace the car fluids
      Adequate fluid levels will prevent them from freezing while your car sits through freezing nights. So be sure to change your transmission fluid, brake fluid, and oil. A recent survey found that 18% of vehicles had low or contaminated brake fluid, and this could be damaging in the winter.

From installing wiper blades for snow to checking your car’s systems, your attention to detail can help your car get through cold days. For more specific advice, be sure to talk to your mechanic. They will consider your car’s make and model when planning out your maintenance schedule.

russ komarnicki

October 02, 2017

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