You may not associate fall as a prime time to complete a seasonal preventative maintenance checklist. But, while most of the items on this checklist are geared toward winter driving, it’s much smarter and easier to do them during fall when the weather is milder and less threatening.
So, let’s get started!
Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist: be prepared!
- Check your oil level, and add oil if necessary; it’s even better if you have us at Midwest Motors Service perform an oil and lube job. Be sure to use a multi-grade viscosity oil for winter driving. Call 636-938-5777 to schedule an appointment!
- Have us test your battery, in our full service shop, here in Eureka Missouri. If it needs to be replaced, Midwest Motors, service department, will install the new battery, and get you up and running.
- Inspect your windshield wipers. Bitter cold, snow and ice are hard on their rubber blades. Our service department, here at Midwest Motors, is happy to replace them for you... see clearly, drive safely!
- Fill your windshield wiper reservoir with the proper type of windshield fluid for our climate.
- Look at the level and condition of your engine coolant. If the level is low, add antifreeze. If the condition looks poor, do a flush-and-fill.
- Have our Service Department evaluate your belts and hoses. If we see any evidence of fraying, cracking or leaking, we can get a new belt or hose immediately.
- Consider getting a tune-up, especially if it’s been 30,000 miles or so since your last one. At the least, our service department, here in Eureka Missouri can perform a visual inspection of your spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. When dealing with sloppy or icy road conditions, you’ll need the best traction your tires can deliver. If your tires are worn, we can replace them before winter arrives.
- Apply high-grade car wax to your vehicle’s exterior to help protect it from the possible onslaught of snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain.
- Put together a winter car survival kit. Jumper cables, flares, ice scrapers, road salt, flashlights, flares, blankets, first aid materials and snacks are all good to include in your kit.