At Your Service | Seasonal Car Care Tips

The weather from fall to winter can quickly go from mild to wild

The change of seasons is a good time to inspect the exterior and interior of your vehicle carefully for any wear and tear that requires attention. Check with your Competition Auto Group Service Department for the recommended service for your particular vehicle.

Here are some tips to help you get your car ready for the changing seasons.

Detailing

Detailing can help protect your vehicle from the salt and sand used during harsh northeast winter weather. Having your car detailed makes it easier to spot any potential problems like chips in the paint, which can lead to rust corrosion problems, before they become expensive to fix.

The interior can also benefit from preventative maintenance. Carpets that have ground in dirt and sand should be thoroughly
cleaned and vinyl that has been untreated during the hot summer months should be treated to prevent cracking.

Brakes & Tires

Autumn leaves and winter frost are road hazards that require good stopping power from your brakes and tires.

Checking tire pressure (which can drop quickly when the weather cools) and treads to ensure they are fully inflated and free from punctures should be done weekly. Fall is also a good time to rotate your tires (where applicable.)

Oil & Filter

If the oil is dirty or you’re at your recommended oil change time, change the oil.

Fluids

Poor performance and/or engine noises usually indicate low fluid levels, which if ignored, can lead to major repairs. Be sure to check your engine oil, anti-freeze and coolant, transmission, brake and power steering fluids once a week. Many fluids need replacement flushes periodically.

Battery

Cold weather can wear your battery down. A fully-charged battery is a necessity during the winter. Check your battery connections once a month.

Lights & Wipers

If your windshield is not clear when using wipers, it’s time to change them. Walk around your car and check headlights, tail lights, parking lights, brake lights and emergency flashers. Replace them immediately if needed.

Defrosters 

Driving with fogged-up windows is an accident waiting to happen. Check front and rear window defrosters to ensure they are working properly.