October is Car Care Month!
Is your vehicle ready for the upcoming Fall and Winter weather? Checkout our checklist below for tips and ideas.
Fall/Winter Car Care Checklist:
Check the your drive belts for signs of cracking or fraying. Replace if needed.
Battery and Charging System:
You should have your battery and charging system tested by a Mercedes-Benz technician. To starts and engine in cold weather, a fully charged battery in good condition is needed. Weak batteries may not start in cold weather.
Battery Cables and Terminals:
Check to make sure your battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight.
Inspect your cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. If hoses are feeling brittle or too spongy, they should be replaced.
It is important to check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. It is important to make sure to maintain your coolant level.
Engine and Cabin air filters need to be changed. If you cannot remember the last time yours were changed, it may be time!
Tire Type and Tread:
If you're in an area with heavy winter weather, you may want to install snow tires on all four wheels. This will provide the best traction in the winter time. In moderate snow conditions, all-season tires work well provided they have adequate tread depth. It is important to replace any tires that have less than 3/32-inches of tread left. If there is uneven tire wear, this can indicate and alignment, wheel balance or even suspension problems that need to be addressed to prevent further tire damage.
Make sure to check your tire inflation pressure on all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the temperatures start dropping, so will tire pressures. Typically around one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Correct tire pressure levels can be found in your owner's manual, or on the sticker typically found in your driver's side door jamb.
Check your heating and air conditioning system is working properly for interior comfort and safety reasons such as defrosting. If there are any issues, schedule your vehicle for an appointment with your local Mercedes-Benz dealership.
If there are any signs of a brake problem, make sure to have the system inspected at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership to ensure everything is in good working order.
It is very important to check the operation of your headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency lights, and back-up lights. Any burn our bulbs should be replaced immediately.
Your wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Any blades that leave streaks or miss sport should be replaced.
Fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir with Genuine Mercedes-Benz Winter Fit Windshield Washer Fluid.
Transmission, Brake, and Power Steering Fluids:
Check all fluid levels to ensure that they are at the minimum safe levels.
Winter Emergency Road Kit:
- Jumper Cables
- First-Aid Kit
- Drinking water
- Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter)
- Non-perishable snacks (this could include snacks for pets too!)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Warm clothing (jacket, gloves, hats, scarves)
- Snow shovel
- Ice scraper with brush
- Cloth and/or paper towels
- Warning devices (Flares or triangles)
- Toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, etc)