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Fall & Winter car care tips...

October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be sure your vehicle is ready for fall as well as the winter weather ahead? Taking a couple simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later. 

 Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, Baum's Service recommends a couple steps to make sure your car is ready for fall & winter driving.

*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.  

*Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades –
Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning    (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check all filters.  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.

*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. Snow and ice are a problem in Western Pa so consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.

*Brakes – Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on wet, icy or snow-covered roads.

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when winter weather strikes.  Give Baum's Service a call to help you with your vehicle maintenance.

Spring Car Care Tips:


Give your car a thorough inspection
Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away.


Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision then now. Baum's Service offers the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer.


  • Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.
  • Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
  • Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
  • The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a  auto technician.
  • Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner's manual. (Properly dispose of used oil.)
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended.
  • Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs.
  • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer's dust and insects.


If you aren’t comfortable evaluating the condition of your car yourself, bring it to Baum's Service for a trustworthy inspection.  Give Baum's Service a call to help you with your vehicle maintenance.