As the cold weather approaches, there are several fall car maintenance tips for you to consider. From making sure your tires are ready to handle ice and snow to cleaning your car for the season, it's time for some car maintenance this fall.
Inspect Your Tires
Temperature extremes, snow and ice, will all make it more difficult on your tires. Ensure that your tires are in good shape and that all four tires' tire pressure is correct. It is also an excellent time to check your tire alignment if needed. If there is not enough tread on your tires, you will want to invest in a new set of tires before the roads become difficult to travel. If you live in an area with significant snow, it's time to change to winter tires.
Clean Your Car Thoroughly
The fall is an excellent time to clean your car and remove any trash that has accumulated over the last few months. Take the time to clean out your car's interior, including the trunk. Prepare your vehicle for any additional supplies you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.
Check On All Car Lights
Your fall car maintenance should include inspecting and repairing any lights on your vehicle that is not in good working order. You will want to be sure that your headlights are bright and that your high beams work properly. Look at your reverse lights, brake lights, and turn signals to see if you need to have any bulbs replaced. It gets dark in the winter months, and you want to have enough light to drive on the road safely.
Check Your Wipers and Fluid Levels
With messy weather, you will want to know that your wipers are ready to keep your windshield clean. If you need new wipers, change them to your fall maintenance. Fill up your wiper fluid with a winter formula, making it easier to keep your windshield free of ice. Check your oil level, and invest in an oil change if it is time. Your brake and transmission fluid can also be checked to prepare for winter.
Check Your Heating System
It may be a few months since you turned on your heat, and your fall car maintenance checklist should include checking the heating system. Turn on your heat while driving to see if the air gets hot. Take the time to check your defrost setting to know your windshield will stay clear in cold, wet weather. If your heating system does not work, get the system fixed before you need to have your heat on daily.
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