Going to college or know someone that is? One thing most people forget about before they hit the books is back to school car care. From simple car maintenance to major repairs, it’s always important to have your car in good working condition before the semester starts.
According to Allstate, back to school car care should begin with checking the fluids under the hood. Check fluid levels such as oil, coolant/anti-freeze, transmission fluid (check when the car is idling and warm), brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Top off anything that needs it, and check for leaks as well.
Next, check the battery. It should be free of any corrosion, bad connections, or water damage. If it’s older than two years old, Consumer Reports suggests having it checked or replaced. Make sure your jumper cables are in good condition as well.
Finally, check the tires. This includes looking at tread and tire pressure. Purchasing a tread depth gauge at your local auto parts store can be an easy way to determine if you need new tires – anything less than 4/32” is no good. Consult your manual for optimum pressure (psi), and remember that it decreases with cold temperatures, and vice versa.
By following these simple steps, you can avoid major repairs down the road. Plus, added peace of mind means you can concentrate on studying, without worrying about your ride.