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Some Basic Tips for Preparing your Vehicle For the Winter
Now that the summer is over and fall is here, all of the family road trips have come to an end. Lets be honest when you lead a busy life do we really give our vehicles the tlc that it needs? Or do we wait until we hear that funny noise, smell the road kill through the vents we accidentally ran over. Before we decide to give our cars the much needs maintenance it needs. My husband has been a mechanic for all of his adult life and most of his teenage life. I could never, and really I still don’t understand sometimes. How someone can spend so much time outside cleaning and maintaining a car.
I am talking weekly washes, daily vacuuming, tire shining, and much more. I have also learned a few things along the way watching him fix our friends and family’s vehicles. One of them I recently learned was how to change the Air Filter. I really didn’t know the importance of doing it until I saw just how bad one looked once it needed changing. I know the basics of maintaining a Car especially before the colder months arrive. Important tasks to keep in mind are:
1. checking the wipers to make sure they are all in tact. That means making sure there are no signs of visible wear and tear on your wipers and that they clear the windshield properly.
2. Checking to make sure your Spare tire is accessible and properly inflated. Or even knowing where its located. In this case ours is located in the floor of the trunk.
3. Another important thing to know and check is the Tire Pressure, which is quite easy there is a small guide that you can refer to, to know how much air is needed in your tires. Our recommended pressure level is a 32 Psi and 60 Psi for the Spare Tire. For those of you that are not familiar with adding air to your tires. You simply locate and unscrew the air cap, use the Tire gauge to measure the pressure in the Tire. Next use the the air hose to add air in short bursts. Lastly keep checking to ensure you’ve reach the recommended Psi.
4. Next you want to check out the lights to make sure all lights are working and your lenses are clean too. Specific lights you want to pay attention to are the brake lights, signal lights and the head lights.
5. Lastly you want to make sure that your air filters are in good condition. The reason this is so important, and to me the most important of all is because the cabin air filter is there to clean the air entering your car. From unwanted dust, allergens and dirt. Especially if you are an allergy sufferer like my husband is, we find this essential for the long hours we spend going on road trips. Not changing your filter annually or every 24,000km or (Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual). As suggested can also cause the air conditioner and defrost system to work less efficiently.
The Engine air filter is another important aspect in the function of your vehicle. It filters the air going into your Engine. When you’re Engine air filter is dirty it compromises the performance and power of your vehicle. Changing the filter yearly helps keep your Engine operate at its best. The difference between the two filters are quite simple the Cabin filter, filters the air you breathe, and the Engine filter, filters the air your Engine breathes.
To change the Air Cabin Filter I headed over to my local Canadian Tire and I picked up the FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter, and a FRAM Engine Filter.
As I had said before FRAM suggests that you change your filter every 24,000 km. We are pretty diligent when it comes to changing our filters. However since we had such a hot summer the filters were pretty dirty in such a short time.
In terms of changing the filters, that was the easiest part in doing our maintenance check. I located the spot where the Cabin air filter is placed which is located behind the glove box.
I unscrewed the knobs which were on either side of the glove box to get access to where the filter is housed.
Once I did that I removed the cover by pinching together a little snap, in order for the face cover to be removed. After that I removed the dirty filter.
Inserting the clean filter was a piece of cake. It took no more that 10 minute install and it makes a big difference in the air quality entering our vehicle. These simple steps have now made us ready for the colder season ahead.
The FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. Contaminants that enter your vehicle with outside air can become concentrated, exposing passengers to higher levels of dust, dirt and allergens than outside the car. It is also recommended that both filters be change at the same time for optimal air function through your car. To check out more tips and tricks for changing out your filters here!
What are some of your steps you use to make sure your car is Winter ready? Let me know in the comments below.