10 Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips You Need to Know
September 9, 2022
The weather is getting cooler, and now is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for fall. Here are some things you can do to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming season change.
Xtreme Tire Garage’s 10 Tips for Fall Vehicle Maintenance
1. Check Brakes & Tires
Many parts of your car act differently in colder weather. This is especially dangerous when it comes to your brakes and tires. Make sure your tire’s treads aren’t worn down and that they are properly inflated. Furthermore, ensure your brakes aren’t squealing or reacting slowly.
2. Check All Lights
Make sure all your lights are working and no bulbs need to be replaced. This time of the year means less daylight, which means your lights are utilized a lot more. You need to be seen to be safe. If you have issues with your lights, you may need to check your electrical system.
3. Top Up All Fluids
Double check that all your car’s fluids are topped up. Oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and window washer fluid need to be at the right levels for optimal performance. Also, it’s a good idea to keep some of those fluids in your trunk in case you need to top them up.
4. Check Wiper Blades
Fall means rain and possibly snow in the forecast. Make sure that your wipers are not broken or damaged. Also, check that your wiper arms are in good working order.
5. Ensure Your Heater/Defroster is Working
Early morning frost becomes a possible reality in fall. Having a fully functioning heating system is integral to making sure you can see. Make sure that all vents are working as well, to make sure you stay warm in these colder months.
6. Test or Change Your Battery
Having a working and charged battery is integral. The cold affects batteries and how they perform. If you think you need a new one, this is a great time to change it. If you aren’t sure if your battery needs replacement, get a battery test done. Keeping booster cables in your trunk is another useful tool to have and will be a lifesaver in an emergency.
7. Change Oil & Filter
If your oil change date is close, it never hurts to get it done early. Oil is the lifeblood of your car, and it needs to be kept clean. Generally, 5w-30 oil is used in colder weather, compared to the 10w-30, which is typically used in the summer.
8. Check The Cooling System
Make sure that your coolant levels are where they need to be. It’s best to check the level when your car is cold.
9. If The Check Engine Light Is On, Find Out Why
If your check engine light is on, make sure to get it looked at by a reliable mechanic. This could stop a small issue from becoming a larger one.
10. Get a Carwash or Detail
A clean car helps you to spot body issues on your car. To keep it organized take out any non-essential items out of your car.
Xtreme Tire Garage Can Check
If you notice any problems with your car after going through our fall car maintenance tips, contact Xtreme Tire Garage for all your auto repair needs. Our technicians are ready to help make sure your vehicle is in prime condition for the autumn season.
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