Proper car care ensures that a vehicle will last for many years to come with a minimum amount of problems. Investing time, energy and finances into caring for a vehicle before problems arise can often prevent bigger and even more expensive issues from happening.
Fall Car Care Checklist
Tire and Treads
No matter if you have an Audi, Volkswagen, or BMW ensuring they have proper tires installed for upcoming winter months is important. It enhances safety and can decrease the likelihood of accidents related to road conditions from the fall and winter seasons. Car care should include periodically checking the pressure on tires since the drop in temperature will cause the pressure to drop in the tire as well. In addition to checking the tires, you will want to make sure your car’s alignment is fine as well. Bad alignment mixed with bad road conditions can be a formula for an accident.
Battery, Cables, and Lights
The battery connections are an important part of car maintenance and should be tight, battery terminals, as well as the ends of the cables, should be free of any type of corrosion. Check all lighting, from headlights to flashers and dome lights to ensure that they work is a necessary step in any car care checklist. The most important “light” to be wary of is your check engine light. Bringing in your car the second this light turns on will prevent any bigger issues from happening.
Washer Fluid and Blades
Run the wiper blades on a Mercedes to make sure that they don’t leave any streaks and are functioning properly. In cooler climates where heavy snow and ice are common, it might be necessary to install specialized wiper blades that work in these harsh weather conditions. The better the wiper, the better your visibility will be on the road. Installing washer fluid that contains a specialized antifreeze component designed to work during the winter will prevent freezing on the windows on a Porsche.
Take your Audi for a drive and use the brakes in a variety of methods and instances to ensure that they are working properly. With the conditions the fall and winter season bring to the roads, having properly working brakes is key for a safer drive during the cooler months.
Accidents happen the most during the fall and winter season so with this in mind it is good to have an emergency kit. Placing an emergency kit in your car, which contains the following items, will help keep those in the vehicle safe until help arrives. If your vehicle already has a kit, make sure every season that all the items inside work. If you need to make a kit of your own, here are some common items to help you during the fall and winter.
- Snow shovel
- Winter Clothing
- Traction Mat
- Flashlight and Batteries
- Jumper Cables
- Towels and Wipes
- Ice Scraper
- First Aid Kit
- Tool Kit
- Mobile Phone and Charger
Car maintenance should be done whenever your car tells you there is something wrong as well as it should be done seasonally. Each season presents new obstacles that could hinder your car’s performance so proper maintenance is key. If you need any type of repairs or maintenance on your BMW, Audi, or Volkswagen be sure to contact German Auto Sport today!