Here is the second part of San Antonio’s Miracle Body and Paint checklist to practical car care. Remember that it is best to have a regular car service and maintenance schedule. This will ensure that your vehicle can withstand any type of weather and avoid any auto accidents or collisions.
Check the heater/defroster
Never neglect the heater and defroster. Both must always be in good working condition not only for passenger comfort but also for the driver’s visibility.
Don’t neglect the windshield wipers
Change old blades. For places with harsh climates, choose rubberclad or winter blades that can withstand ice buildup. Keep a windshield washer handy and you will be surprised as to how often you will be using it. It is also a good idea to have an ice scraper in hand.
Check the battery
Only professional equipments can accurately detect a weak battery, better visit a trustworthy auto repair shop. What you can do is to scrape away any rust from posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces and retighten any loose connections. Schedule a monthly fluid level check if battery caps are removable. Don’t forget to wear eye protection and rubber gloves to avoid corrosive deposits and battery acids.
Make sure to inspect and replace all burned out lights and bulbs. It is also a good idea to regularly clean the lenses by using a dry rag.
Check the exhaust
To check for any exhaust leaks, your car must be placed on a lift. Your car’s trunk and floorboards must also be checked for any holes as exhaust fumes is bad for the health and could even be deadly.
Inspect the tires
Worn and thin tires are dangerous in extreme weather conditions. Always check all four tires for any wear, cuts or nicks. Regularly check the tire pressure, preferably once a month. Never forget to bring a spare tire and make sure your jack is in a good working condition.
Be ready for any emergency
Always make sure you carry gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a flashlight and even a few snacks in your glove box.