Fall is around the corner. Are you Ready?
Summer is drawing to a close and Fall is around the corner. Are you ready for the challenges Mother Nature will send your way? Wayne Johnston has put together a list of Maintenance items that you might want to check or get checked, so you can continue driving around knowing your vehicle is as safe as it can be!
Maintenance Item I- Consider Your Fuel System
- Fuel has a shelf life and will lose its punch after an extended time. Here is what one Fuel Company recommends
(Quality) gasoline can be stored for a year without deterioration when the storage conditions are good — a tightly closed container, moderate temperatures, and out of direct sunlight. (It is recommended) that gasoline not be stored unnecessarily. A supply that won’t be needed for several months should be used and replenished when the need reoccurs.
Add a stabilizer product to your fuel tank before the final fill at the end of the season. This way the filling action mixes the stabilizer well in your tank and the drive home will get the stabilized fuel into the working parts of your fuel system. A full fuel tank also reduces condensation. Keep in mind; generally speaking, a gasoline stabilizer product may not work for Diesel fuel and vice versa.
- Have your fuel filter changed as part of Regular Scheduled Maintenance
- If you live in a cold climate you may want to add an anti-gel product to your diesel system.
Maintenance Item II- Is Your Battery Ready for Winter?
- Over time a vehicle battery will eventually lose charge, after sitting connected, in your vehicle.
- Have your battery tested. A weak battery may not show its true colors until a cold weather start demands the most of your battery.
- While in storage consider using a pulse charger/maintainer. This type of charger can be left on a battery indefinitely and will not boil or overcharge a battery. Give us a call for more information on this type of battery charger.
- Make sure the top of your battery is clean and dry, Use a battery cleaning product or Baking soda and boiling water to neutralize any acid on the top of the battery. This will prevent surface discharge of the battery.
- This also applies to house batteries in the case of an RV.
- A weekly start-up, running the engine till it reaches operating temperature will also help in keeping your vehicle from issues when it comes time to use it again.
Maintenance Item III- What about Winter Tires?
- Many accidents may have been prevented if vehicle tires were in good shape and were the proper type for the application.(See “Snowflake” Logo Below)
- Check your tire pressure often with a trusted tire gauge. This is a good time to check/monitor tread depth as well.
- Make sure your tires are approved for your current driving conditions
- Between Oct 1st and April 30th winter tire and tire chain regulations come in effect. In B.C. See www.th.gov.bc.ca/SeasonalDriving/winter_chains.html for more information.
Maintenance Item IV- Fluids?
- Windshield washer fluid
- Engine oil
- Transmission oil
- Drive axle oil(s)
- Brake Fluid
- Power steering fluid
Things to look for; Quantity, Quality, and Application.
- Quantity- are the levels in a safe operating Zone?
- Quality- Is the fluid clean, check your maintenance manual for recommended change intervals?
- Application- Are the fluids the correct Viscosity or freeze/boiling point for your expected driving environment & meet OEM specifications?
Maintenance Item V- Windshield Wipers.
- Check your wipers, do they look torn or worn, do they leave streaks?
- We recommend changing your wipers at the end of each summer, before the rainy season.
- It is better to change poor wipers before you really need them, otherwise you’ll be left with a less than optimum view of the road in poor(rainy) driving conditions.
- Clear vision= Safe Driving
Maintenance Item VI- Routine Service
- When was your last Service? Is it time you gave your ride some love (Preventative Maintenance)?
- All these maintenance items, and more, are checked when brought to a reputable shop for service.
- Follow your manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule for trouble free driving.
- Is your Check Engine light on? It may be a sign your vehicle is not running efficiently. With the price of fuel these days it’s advisable to get your vehicle into a shop to find out why. In the long run, It’s good for the environment and your pocketbook.