5 BIG Maintenance Tips For Fall

Posted on October 1, 2008 by LCT Magazine

Fall Car Care Month: Meineke Offers Advice, Tips

Automobile service centers give drivers seasonal advice for their vehicles for October

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- (Grassroots Newswire) With a new season comes a rejuvenated spirit, fall cleaning – and vehicle maintenance. Therefore, with the road trips that many people took over the summer and in recognition of Fall Car Care Month this October, Meineke Car Care Centers are encouraging drivers to make sure their vehicles undergo a maintenance check for the autumn season.

"It is critical that cars have periodical, thorough inspections by a qualified technician," said Don Rauch, director of dealer communications for Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. "For most people, they probably don't give their car as much care as it needs. With the autumn season here, it's important to take care of the maintenance that many may have ignored during the summer months. A car maintenance check-up and some simple service can really reduce the cost of car ownership."

Rauch said for maximum fuel efficiency and cleaner air, keep your engine in tune. And, for safe driving, keep brakes, steering and suspension systems in A-1 condition. Rauch suggests the following additional advice and tips:

Meineke Car Care Center's Fall Car Care Tips

1. With cooler weather soon heading way, keep the windshield wiper fluid reservoir full. When topping off, use some windshield washer fluid on a rag to clean off the wiper blades. In winter months, pay attention to the freezing point of the washer fluid.
2. Inspect belts and hoses. Replace worn, glazed or frayed belts. Tighten them when more than ½" of slack can be depressed between the pulleys. Vehicles with spring loaded belt tensioners require no adjustment. Replace bulging, rotten, or brittle hoses and tighten clamps. If a hose looks bad, or feels too soft or too hard, it should be replaced.
3. Check the antifreeze/coolant level. Some cars have transparent reservoirs with level markings. Fill to level marking with 50/50 solution of antifreeze and water.
Caution: Do not remove the pressure cap when engine is hot.
4. To maintain peak performance, change oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. Replace oil filter with every oil change.
5. Check transmission fluid with engine warm and running, and parking brake on. Shift to drive, then to park. Remove dipstick, wipe dry, insert it and remove it again. Add the approved type fluid, if needed. Be sure not to overfill.

"These are some of the things drivers can be mindful of this fall. It's also important to remember that proper tire inflation, regular engine tuning, oil and air filter changes can do more than keep your car running smoothly: they actually save gas. With gas prices the way they are, it's imperative to take steps that will result in fuel savings," Rauch said. "Getting a regular check-up is not only vital to the safety of your car, it can save time, money and inconvenience – now and later."

Meineke is the nation's second largest undercar specialist, with a franchise network of more than 900 franchises in the United States and Canada. For more information about Meineke Car Care Centers, please visit www.meineke.com.

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