How to Prepare Your Car for fall

As the days grow shorter, you know that colder weather is on its way. This means that it is time to prepare your car for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

The fall season is the perfect time to prepare your car for the upcoming harsh cold winter. Cold weather can have negative impacts on your car’s performance. Here are a few tips that should help minimize potential maintenance issues and possibly save you some money in the run

Check the Tires.

Although a very visible part of your vehicle, we often take them for granted. Check the tread, inflation, and overall condition of your tires. Rotate your tires, so that your tires wear evenly. Make sure your tires contain the appropriate amount of air. This is very important because cold weather causes tires to lose air quickly. Make sure you have the proper tires that match the normal weather conditions of where you live. If you live in a location where you need snow tires, please make sure you have them.

Be prepared for a breakdown in the Cold Weather.

Getting stranded on the side of the road at any time of the year is not fun. As the weather turns cooler, It is even more important to be prepared for a roadside emergency as it may save your life. Stock your vehicle with the following items:

  • Gloves
  • Ice scraper
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Boots
  • Small tool kit

 

Check the Fluid Levels.

It is important to check and replace your car’s fluid levels when needed. This includes windshield washer fluids, coolant, brake fluids, and transmission fluid. All are very important for ensuring that your car runs smoothly. Washer fluid help maintain visibility. The coolant regulates the engine’s temperature. Transmission fluid is also important for cooling and brake fluid serves as a lubricant to help prevent corrosion.

 

Check the Brakes.

It is critical to get your brakes checked before getting well into the fall and winter seasons. Cold weather heightens brake problems, due to the potential of roads becoming slippery from snow and ice. Unusual noises may point to failing brake pads.

Check your wiper blades

It can be very easy to overlook your wiper blades and take them for granted. They are one of the most used pieces of equipment in your car. A good rule of thumb is to change them every change of season (4 times a year). Hot and dry weather will actually speed up the wear and tear on a blade. If you are getting streaks or large moisture patches, it is Tim to replace them.

Check the Battery.

The battery is something that most of us take for granted these days. Take a few minutes and check it for charge and signs of corrosion. Not sure what to look for? You can take your vehicle to a local auto parts store or auto shop for diagnosis. Most of the time, this is at no cost to you.

These quick tips will go a long way in keeping you safe on the road this Fall and Winer season.

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