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Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Vehicle For Winter

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Can you believe it’s already fall? Neither can we. Winter is just around the corner. Are you ready for snow season? Neither are we. Seriously, though, your home’s furnace needs fall maintenance to get it ready for its winter job and so does your car, truck or SUV. You don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road during a snowstorm and we here at ER Auto Care don’t want you to, either.

Think About Winter Driving Conditions

When you take into account the winter driving conditions in Plain City, OH, you understand better how fall preventative maintenance helps your vehicle survive the harsh conditions. Not only do we get rain, sleet and snow, but our average low in January is also 22 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s cold. Can you imagine being outside without a coat on? What about your car being outside without protection?

Several things come into play for your vehicle in icy conditions. Slippery roads make driving dangerous. Salty roads damage your vehicle’s undercarriage. Cold weather can sludge up motor oil and make it less effective. The engine starts in freezing temperatures can damage moving parts, especially if a vehicle is parked outside all night. Winter driving in Ohio is taxing on your vehicle, but you can make it easier.

Fall Preventative Maintenance

It’s a good idea to have your vehicle inspected now before the cold weather hits. Certified auto technicians can inspect your tires, suspension, and undercarriage to ensure you aren’t at risk of losing control on icy roads. For example, if the tread on your tires is worn, it’s best to replace them before the first heavy rain or snow. If your undercarriage is rusty, have it treated now to prevent further damage.

Your engine needs some fall TLC, too. It’s wise to have your radiator system checked and your oil changed. Anti-freeze helps prevent your engine from stalling in frigid conditions, so make certain your radiator system is filled with fresh anti-freeze and free of leaks. Now is the time to put synthetic motor oil in your engine rather than conventional oil, as synthetic stand up to freezing temperatures better.

A little maintenance now will save you a lot of trouble later. ER Auto Care offers comprehensive and affordable maintenance services to our Plain City, OH, customers and we’d be happy to discuss preventative maintenance for your vehicle with you. Call us 614-363-0509 for more information and to schedule a maintenance visit. Our shop is located at 8005 Lafayette-Plain City Road.

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