Maintaining the Vehicle this Fall

While you are getting ready for the changing seasons, do not forget that your car needs to make sure it is ready as well. Different temperatures and weather patterns can affect your vehicle’s abilities, so it’s important that you take this time to get your vehicle checked.

Fall morning frosts can come out of no where, so it is important that you make sure you car’s heaters and defrosters are working. There’s nothing more annoying than being right on schedule to get to work on time, only to go outside and see your car’s windshield completely frosted over. Check to make sure your vehicle’s windshield wipers are streak and squeak-free now.

Changing temperatures will cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. Any time your tires are not properly inflated you are losing fuel efficiency and drivability! Check your tire pressure as well as tire tread. Slippery roads only intensify when the temperatures drop, so good tire tread is of the proper amount.

While it may seem strange to check your cooling system when winter is coming, your cooling system is still very active when the temperatures drop. Especially make sure to inspect the radiator, belts and hoses, as cold temperatures can especially affect these parts.

Most vehicles require an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles. Since your vehicle is already going to be at the shop getting these other fall car maintenance services performed, there’s a good chance it’s due for an oil change as well. Make it easy on yourself and get this completed now as well, rather than having to make a special trip later.