THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 2 /Canada NewsWire/ - As temperatures start to dip and our roadways get slicker with the change of season it's time to give your car its seasonal check-up.
Motorists spend a great deal of time on the road during the summer months giving their vehicles a good work out. The toll of Canada's changing seasons can easily turn minor car maintenance problems into automotive emergencies.
"Any weak or faulty component on your vehicle is vulnerable in extreme cold spells and could give out," says Edyta Zdancewicz of CAA South Central Ontario. "Poor tires, weak batteries and malfunctioning lights can all become a hazard in bad weather. Add poor road maintenance and you could be spending more money than expected on your car."
How to get your car fall and winter ready? CAA suggests you check the
- Battery: Cold-weather starts require a fully charged battery. Typically batteries last 4-5 years, but their strength should be checked regularly. The connections should be cleaned and tightened with no corrosion.
- Engine: Is it time for a tune-up? Faulty wiring, worn spark plugs, a sticking choke or emission control devices that need attention can all lead to hard starting. A diagnostic checkup of your engine is a good seasonal investment.
- Oil: Oil is your vehicle's lifeblood. If necessary, have your oil and filter changed with a multi-grade oil, such as 5W-30 or 10W-30, works well in almost all engines and has a flowing consistency that meets varying temperatures.
- Tires: The traction between the tires and the road surface determines how well your vehicle starts, turns and stops. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Winter tires are the best option for areas that receive heavy snowfall. All four tires must match for best performance.
- Brakes: Brakes should be checked and, if needed, serviced to ensure even braking. Ensure your brakes are properly aligned and have good lining on their pads. Check brake and power-steering fluids.
- Windshield wipers: Replace all worn out blades and ensure you fill the reservoir bottle with a winter-grade fluid. Typically blades should be replaced annually.