With Halloween fast approaching, many of us will soon welcome scary sights and sounds – except when it comes to our cars.

In recognition of October being Car Care Month, your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) want to break down some of the more frightening care sights and sounds.

Belts, hoses and windshield wipers

  • Look for cracks or bulges, which can hurt your car’s electrical system, air conditioning, and power steering. Wipers should be replaced about every 6 months.


  • Make sure you have enough engine oil and power steering, brake, and transmission fluids. Check windshield wiper solvent, too.


  • Arizona dry, hot climate shortens their lives. Most need replaced every 2-3 years. To avoid becoming stranded, have it checked before hitting the road.


  • According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, 85 percent of drivers don’t know how to properly inflate their tires.  Proper inflation is critical to maximizing fuel efficiency and the life of the tire.


  •  Make sure your turn signals, headlights, and brake lights are working properly and cleaned routinely.