Fall checklist for your vehicle
How to get your vehicle ready for fall and winter seasons.
People are already excited for fall; when the leaves change colors, football is always on T.V., there is pumpkin flavored everything, and nothing is cozier than a fuzzy blanket and a fireplace. Most people winterize their boats and houses, draining fluids and wrapping up the swamp cooler for next summer so why not their vehicles too? Being able to get from point A to point B when the weather drastically changes can sometimes be difficult. But here is a fall checklist to insure your vehicle runs properly during those cold months:
Check the brakes and tires.
Everyone who lives in Wyoming knows that snow could start falling as early as next week. A good set of brakes and tires gives you excellent stopping power for those snowy days and with the occasional antelope darting across the road you’ll be able to stop quickly and safely. The experts say if the wear bars are showing the tires need replaced. It is recommend to get the tires rotated every other oil change to prolong their use. Also check the tire pressure as it sometimes drops when the outside temperature drastically changes.
Check the lights.
First start by walking around the outside of the vehicle and check the operations of all lights: taillights, parking lights, brake lights, headlights, and emergency flashers. Make sure and replace any broken bulbs or bulbs that no longer work because that can result in other drivers not being able to see you and causing an accident. If you are not sure what kind of bulbs you need your Honda Dealer can help you.
Replace wiper blades.
Efficient wiper blades are important to a vehicle’s safe operation. If your wipers have visible cracks, a broken frame, metal corrosion, or missing pieces of rubber replace them. A good rule of thumb is to replace wiper blades every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. And adding to the list of why customers love their Honda’s; you can buy just replacement wiper blade inserts instead of replacing the whole wiper which is cheaper for you!
Inspect under the hood.
As you inspect under the hood look for leaks, cracks, or loose clamps in the cooling system; squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or spongy-feeling. Check the oil and all fluid levels including transmission, brake, power steering, and washer fluids. They should all be at or above the minimum safe levels and refill them as needed.
Have the battery checked.
The best way to get the battery checked is to take it to an auto service store. Honda of Casper is offering free battery checks because we know a strong battery is necessary to start vehicles in the cold Wyoming winters. If a battery is needed, please visit our service specials on our website for a coupon! If you notice signs of loose connections or corrosion on the battery terminals or cable ends, your battery needs attention.
Make sure heater/defroster work.
No one wants to be stuck in a vehicle with no heater when winter rolls around. And driving with fogged up windows is dangerous not only to yourself but other drivers around you. Make sure and check front and rear defrosters to ensure they are working properly. If necessary, have heater and defroster systems repaired.
Don’t let the fuel get below half a tank.
The fall and winter season in Wyoming can bring slick roads and snow storms; as a result sometimes vehicle owners are forced to wait in their vehicle until the weather improves or help arrives. Keeping the gas level above half a tank insures you will have an adequate amount of fuel if the vehicle becomes stuck and you need to keep warm. If the vehicle does become stuck remember to occasionally exit the vehicle and sweep any snow or ice from the muffler so carbon monoxide does not build up inside the vehicle.