Easy Fall & Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Easy Do It Yourself Maintenance Tips For Safer Fall & Winter Driving  

For complicated, or these basic automotive repairs, that make your fall and winter driving easier, visit Eagle Ridge GM's service depot, located in Coquitlam, at 2585 Runnel Avenue.  Our full service parts counter can help you with all the parts mentioned in this post.  And if you're more interested in a same day drive in service appointment, book online at this link, or call them directly at 604-464-6868.  Be safe on the roads this winter by following these simple tips and having your vehicle maintained on a regular basis.  And take advantage of our limited time discount of 15% on service and parts as of October, 2023.


Wiper Blades

It is likely that you have used your windshield wiper blades fairly regularly over the course of the year – and it is also just as likely that will see a lot of usage during the fall and winter time. It is recommended that you have these blades replaced each year, particularly in the fall – so that going into the winter they are at their best and won’t decide to quit on you when you need them the most. Luckily, these vehicle parts are not too expensive, in terms of maintenance costs and the only thing you really need to to be aware of is purchasing the correct blades to go with your vehicle. This is one aspect of vehicle maintenance that can be a do-it-yourself project to get your vehicle winter-road ready.


Spare Tire

It is also important to check on the condition of the spare tire in your vehicle. Depending on where the spare tire is kept in a car, suspended underneath the vehicle, on the back on car, or in the trunk below a back compartment, it is common for the spare tire to drop in pressure. Typically, tire deflation occurs each time the temperature drops 10 degrees and this also goes for the 4 other vehicle tires. You can read your manual to determine the proper inflation pressure for your vehicle and your spare tire, as well should be kept at a certain level, so it is effective, in case of emergency. The winter weather can be even harder on your car, and as the temperature lowers, your tires will deflate in turn. As a result, monitoring your tires throughout the year, and especially so in the fall season is a highly suggested for all drivers.


Washer Fluid

Fall and winter time are also the times of year when wiper fluid gets used the most and, as a result, these fluids will need to be checked and re-filled more regularly. Additionally, it is recommended that the wiper fluid you use during the winter is one that is more appropriate for colder weather. Sometimes this solvent will include some antifreeze. However, it is important to note that sometimes too much antifreeze can damage vehicle paint. This type of fluid is fairly inexpensive to purchase at the gallon size, depending on the kind you decide to purchase. The autumn is an ideal time to purchase this solvent and add it to your car in preparation for the declining temperatures that are sure to arrive over the course of these two colder seasons.


Engine Filters

The air filters in your car should also be replaced prior to the winter months, and twice a year is highly recommended. Air filters are also extremely important components of vehicle maintenance, as blocked filters contribute to restricted airflow and as a result the fuel economy, performance, as well as your vehicle emissions can become compromised. Having these filters replaced bi-annually can be easily maintained through regular servicing appointments and can help your vehicle function throughout the fall and winter months.


Battery Connections

Lastly, the battery connections in your vehicle will also need to be addressed as there are a variety of electrical problem that can lead to ignition issues. This can also be a a part of your vehicle serving appointments, however if you are vehicle savvy you can instead purchase a brush that is designed to clean corrosion from the cable connectors and posts. If you notice that there is corrosion on these connections, this is a good sign that they should be cleaned. While it is good to check these connections throughout the year, you will want to ensure your battery is in working order before the winter weather hits.

One bonus tip of fall vehicle maintenance includes the monitoring of vehicle headlight bulbs. As the nights get longer and darker at earlier hours of the days, ensuring your lights are strong going into these months is important. You can have these bulbs on hand and therefore can replace them on your own as soon as they go out, also ensuring that you can drive even more safely during this time of year.

These top winter driving tips can be extremely effective as you take steps to prepare your car for the winter roads. Vehicle maintenance all year round is also a good way to give your car a longer life span and also help to safe you some money in the long run. As one of the top auto credit sources, Canada Drives is here to help in the area of car loans and you can contact us today to discuss your options with our reputable experts.

At Eagle Ridge GM, located in Coquitlam, BC, let our hard working sales staff assist you.  You can view our current of new vehicles and used vehicles or better yet, drop by in person and speak to one of our sales representatives at 2595 Barnet Highway, in Coquitlam.

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