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Here are the DIY Basics for Seasonal Auto Care.

Watch an Overview Video

Step 1

Tools & Materials

Tire pressure gauge
US penny
Brake pads
Brake fluid

Step 2

Maintenance To Do at Home

1. Use a gauge to check tire pressure.

2. Test tire tread by inserting an upside-down penny; If you can’t see Lincoln’s entire head, it may be time for new tires

Pro Tip

Before you hit the road in spring and fall, get your vehicle ready.

Tires can lose pressure in cold weather, gain in warm weather; look inside the driver’s door or in your owner’s manual for the correct setting for you vehicle.

Step 3

Service Center Maintenance

1. Get oil changed.

2. Ask a technician to test how much battery life is left.

3. Have tires rotated.

4. Have filters checked.

5. Have brakes checked; a technician can tell you how much longer pads should last.

Pro Tip

Oil is graded for different weather conditions; make sure yours is right for your climate.

Front tires on 4-wheel- and front-wheel-drive vehicles can wear out twice as fast as rear tires.

Dirty filters can waste gas and cause engine to lose power.

Changing cabin filter could lessen seasonal allergies.