Keeping up with regular maintenance is an important part of vehicle ownership. This seasonal service guide will help you know what kinds of service your vehicle needs — and when it needs them throughout the year.
Fall Car Maintenance
Falling leaves and falling temperatures are characteristic of autumn weather. With this change of season comes new maintenance requirements to ensure your vehicle continues to run smoothly.
Test your battery. If your battery is old or not working as well as it should be, it might stop working when temperatures are low — so it’s important to catch any potential problems before winter arrives.
Make sure your heating system is working well. The crisp weather won’t be as nice if you have no way of warming up your very cold car.
Check and replace your car’s air filters, as they may be clogged with the pollen and debris of spring and summer.
Winter Car Maintenance
During the winter, the days get shorter and the weather becomes more frigid. Because Toronto often experience more inclement weather in the winter, it’s important to maintain certain parts of your vehicle more so than usual.
Short days means that it’s darker longer. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your headlights are functioning properly.
If your headlights have a foggy appearance, give them a good cleaning.
Switch out any dead or dying light bulbs for fresh ones.
Keep your gas tank filled, as low levels could cause the fuel to freeze.
Check your coolant, since it works to keep your engine from freezing in cold weather.
Change your tires to winter ones here at Downtown Autogroup to ensure you have the traction you need on slick roads.
Pack a survival kit in case you’re stranded on the side of the road. Include the following items:
Blanket and warm clothes
Portable cellphone charger
Non-perishable food and beverages
Spring Car Maintenance
Spring brings with it beautiful flowers, warmer weather, and rainstorms. It also calls for some specific types of car maintenance.
Make sure your windshield is in top-notch condition. During the winter, sand and rocks used on icy roads may have chipped or cracked your windshield. Get that fixed now before any cracks have time to spread.
Give your car a good spring cleaning. Over the course of winter, your car accumulates road grime, salt build-up, and more. And on the inside, you’ve probably tracked in mud and the like. Give your car a deep clean to ensure it stays in like-new condition.
Winter can be harsh on roads, so get your car’s alignment and suspension checked to make sure there’s no damage.
Switch out your winter tires for regular ones, which will be safer and more effective now that road conditions have improved.
Summer Car Maintenance
Temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to make sure your car is ready for the heat. These are some of the season-specific things you should check out on your car when summer hits.
Double check that your air-conditioning system is working. You don’t want to be stuck with the windows down when the temperature hits mid-30 degrees Celsius.
Coolant levels should be checked to ensure that your engine doesn’t overheat while you’re driving.
Use a dashboard sunshade. It will keep the interior of your car cooler, while protecting your car’s interior from harsh ultraviolet rays and the fading that it can cause.
Year-Round Car Maintenance
There are some parts of car maintenance that can’t be relegated to a specific season. Instead, you should take care of this maintenance all year round to ensure your car runs smoothly.
Check your tires’ pressure and tread regularly. Doing so ensure your tires will remain in good condition, keeping you in control of your vehicle and giving you better fuel efficiency.
Change your windshield wipers. Every six months, you should switch out your windshield wipers for new ones, since they tend to wear down and become chipped over time — especially after the cold of winter and heat of summer.
Monitor your brakes. If you hear squealing when you apply them or if your brake pads appear worn, have a mechanic check and replace them if necessary.
Get your oil changed. This is an important part of routine maintenance, so follow your vehicle’s manufacturer’s specified oil change schedule.
Here at Downtown Autogroup in Toronto, our expert service department is dedicated to making sure your vehicle gets the care it needs all year round. Be sure to contact us for all your seasonal and scheduled maintenance needs or if you’re encountering any problems with your ride.