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Fall Car Maintenance You Can Do at Home

fall car maintenance

Do a quick inspection of your car to make sure it’s ready for the fall weather!

There’s a lot of car maintenance that needs to just be done at the shop by professionals. However, you can save on fall car maintenance costs by doing some of it yourself. Service during this time of year is important with the hazardous weather and low temperatures steadily approaching. Try doing some of these simple checks to keep your vehicle working properly through the colder months.

Change wiper blades: This doesn’t take much! Most wipers are easily lifted off the windshield by a hinge, and you can snap the old ones out, put the new ones in, and lower them back onto the windshield.

Check and top off fluids: Oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid – all of these are important for you safety. Yes, even the wiper fluid. Make sure all the fluids are clean, and if anything looks low, top it off.

Replace your air filter: Air filters aren’t expensive. Most should fall in the range of $10-$15. It’s easy to pick one up from the store and replace the old one.

Inspect battery: Your battery capacity is drastically reduced in cold temperatures, so make sure you check the health of your battery and make sure all the connections are tight and clean.

Fall car maintenance doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Just make sure you have a professional like the ones in the Randall Mitsubishi Service Department take care of any of the really tough or sensitive stuff, like an engine tune-up, before you head into the winter.

Maintenance Tips: Flushing Your Radiator on a Regular Basis

Flushing Your Radiator

Taking the time to flush your vehicle’s radiator can increase its life and save you money.

 

The radiator is one of the most important components of your automobile, as it is used for cooling the vehicle. That’s one of the reasons you should maintain your cooling system; however, few drivers realize that it is necessary to flush your radiator every so often. When’s the last time you took care of your radiator?

Flushing your radiator is something that many people can do, but it can be dangerous or difficult if you are inexperienced with vehicles. According to wikiHow, the first step is to make sure your car is actually cool. Check the temp gauge to make sure the vehicle is not hot at all.

Next, jack up the car and locate the radiator. It is a complex network of pipes located at the front of the engine compartment, near the fan. It is usually covered by thin metal fins for protection. Look below for the coolant drainage valve.

After placing a pan below, loosen the petcock to drain the fluid (coolant should be recycled because it is toxic to animals and people). Flush the radiator with water, add new coolant, and bleed the radiator of air pockets by turning the car on and letting the coolant cycle (top-off if necessary).

Sound too complex? Bring it to the experts in our Service Department for a quick drain and refill. Flushing your radiator gets rid of clogs and old, deteriorated fluid. It also extends vehicle life and prevents dangerous overheating.