In addition to being the month of playoff baseball and trick-or-treating, October is also National Fall Car Care Month in the United States.

According to AAA, over one-third of American car owners neglect their vehicle’s maintenance needs, ultimately leading to breakdowns and headaches galore. Simply keeping a regular maintenance and inspection schedule can prevent your car from requiring significant and costly repairs – and now is as good a time as any to get your car on track!

Here are a few car care tips for October that can help your vehicle maintain its health as we head towards winter:

1. Check your fluids. Motor oil, antifreeze/coolant and brake/transmission fluids are all important to your vehicle’s health as they protect its primary systems and components, making sure everything runs smoothly. Regular changes, flushes, etc. are always advisable when it comes to fluids.

2. Check your brakes. Even if they seem to be working fine, you can never be too careful when it comes to your brakes. The linings, rotors and drums should be inspected by an ASE-certified technician regularly to ensure your car can stop when you need it to.

3. Check your HVAC system. Proper heating and cooling performance are critical to your vehicle in terms of both interior comfort as well as keeping you safe. As the temperature drops outside, you’ll definitely want to have your HVAC checked to make sure it’s working effectively.

4. Check your hoses & belts. While it may be easy to overlook these components, they are very important to your vehicle’s health. For example, the serpentine belt connects the alternator, power steering, and A/C to the engine and transfers the power from the engine to those components. If this or another belt breaks, it can mean major problems for your car!

Always remember – our ASE-Certified technicians are here for you. Give us a call at 920-757-5543 today and let us inspect these and other components to make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever comes its way!