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October is Fall Car Care Month, and with colder weather on the horizon, this is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready to take on harsher driving conditions. Taking care of a few things early in the fall can help keep you safe, and keep your vehicle running better, and your family safer.

Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a Larry H. Miller Certified Service Technician, these five items are critical to address this fall.

  1. Battery – Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old. 
  2. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades – Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
  3. Tires – Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
  4. Brakes – Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
  5. Pre-PaidMaintenance Package – Signing up for the Larry H. Miller Pre-Paid Maintenance Package is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle now and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.
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