Fall and winter readyness of you vehicle suv or truck
Fall and winter upkeep hints
Engine oil (level, colour) bear in mind winter engine idling is tough on the oil
Coolant (level, concentration of antifreeze, condition) depends where you reside -45 celcius or -50 F can be a very good level.
Transmission (fluid level, situation, leaks?) Has it been serviced lately? Is the colour with the fluid great and red and how does it smell (ie: burned smell?)
Power steering fluid (level, condition) Same as transmission: verify smell and colour.
Belts & hose (condition) examine for crackes and/or frayed belts. Hoses and clamps, examine for cracks and leaks
Battery and battery cables (charge level, situation, corrosion) keep the battery clamps clean
Spark plug wires (loose, damaged?) when was the last tune-up? Vehicles are harder to start in the winter
Air filter- make sure to examine with a light, if the light shines through the filter it is OK, clean filter by tapping against a wall
Windshield washer fluid- be sure to install winter washer fluids. (you don’t want a solid block of ice in your washer)
Under the Automobile
Exhaust system (leaks, damage)——- exhaust fumes can kill !!!!!!
Steering (loose, worn or damaged parts) How much free-play in your steeringwheel?
Suspension (ball joints, shocks, struts, springs) These parts can fall apart and you’ll have no steering
Ride height (ground clearance) look for broken exhaust pipes, mufler hanging down
Motor mounts (inspect bushings for rips, cracks, breaks) These are harder to verify, watch for excesive engine movement.
Outside the Auto
Wiper blades (situation) winter blades prefered, these blades wont plug-up with snow and ice.(keeps the blade flat
All lights (proper operation, angle of beam) include fog and driving lights
Tires (very important) your life rides on these. All Wheel Drives (AWD) ALL FOUR TIRES….Same size and very same brand!
Studded snowtires Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Studded tires all around, (this should prevent the backend of you vehicle trying to pass you on an icy road)
Inside the Automobile
Brake pedal (tightness) if you have a spongy pedal you may have air in the system or worse brakepads and/or shoes worn.
Brake and warning lights (bulb verify) when you first start the vehicle these bulbs should light up for a few seconds
Heater (proper operation) Sometimes heater cores plug-up and you wont have enough flow to heat inside or proper defrost
Front and rear defrosters (proper operation) Rear window is electric, are all grids working?