As summer draws to a close, the vacations have ended, the kids are returning to school and cooler weather is finally making an appearance in the Las Vegas Valley. Now is a great time to prepare your car for the winter. Preventative maintenance now can help ensure worry-free driving this winter
The following tips from All Imports Auto Service is a road map to fall car care. As I'm sure you'll agree, winter car trouble is both an inconveince and dangerous. Some studies point to the lack of preventive maintainance as being responsible for up to 5% of automotive problems. therefore, if you have been neglecting your car, today is an excellent time to get back on the road.
First, read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules. There are usually two schedules listed: normal and severe. Following the maintainance schedule in your owners manual will keep your car running in prime condition.
If you are having drivability problems like rough idling, hard to start or lack of power then you should take your car immeiately to a good repair shop in Las Vegas. Cold weather will make problems worse. Replace dirty filters - air, fuel, PCV, etc.
Many cars have specific fuel requirements. You need to follow these closely as failing to do so can result in engine damage, especially in higher performance cars. Moisture in the gas tank can cause problems during the winter. Keeping your gas tank full will avoid this common problem.
Driving in Las Vegas can be tough with our harsher environment and legendary drivers. If you spend any significant time in our stop and go traffic, you should change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles or so).
The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) If you’re doing your own work, allow the radiator to cool down completely before removing the cap. (Newer vehicles have coolant reservoirs.) The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a certified auto technician.
Replace old blades. There is nothing worse then being caught in a downpour and unable to see because of worn wiper blades.
The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. But do-it-yourselfers can do routine maintenance. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly.