Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Fall
Fall brings about cooler weather, rainy days and powerful winds. Instead of waiting until winter to prepare for these conditions, fall is the perfect time to make sure everything is in good working order before winter brings rain and snow.
Below are the top 7 tips to getting your vehicle ready for fall.
Tip #1 – Check Your Lights
Fall brings shorter days and you are more likely to be driving to and from work in a darker environment. Check all of your lights including your headlights, brake lights, tail lights, and emergency flashers. Check lights to see if they need to be cleaned or upgraded.
Tip #2 – Check Your Brakes and Brake Pads
Good stopping power is important when it comes to the road conditions inclement weather can bring. Check your brakes and brake pads or take your vehicle to a shop that can look at them for you.
Tip #3 – Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades
Wiper blades keep your windshield clean and free of water and debris. Summer can heat the rubber of your blades and make them crack or wear so a fresh pair of wiper blades is always a good idea before rain starts.
Tip #4 – Check Tire Tread and Pressure
New tires may be needed if your tire tread is worn or if you require snow tires for areas that get snow or icy roads in winter. You can check for uneven tire wear by testing the tread depth in multiple places on the same tire. Check your tire pressure and keep levels as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Tire pressure decreases one to two pounds for every ten degrees of temperature change, so check often in colder weather.
Tip #5 – Check Fluid Levels
This is not just a tip for fall but for keeping your vehicle in good working condition all year round. Keep fluid levels at or above the minimum requirement, including transmission, washer, brake and power steering fluids. Washer fluid freezes in cold weather, so choose a cold weather washer fluid that won’t free when the temperature drops.
Tip #6 – Have Your Battery Checked
Summer heat can be harsh to the life of your battery and a full battery is a must when starting your vehicle in cold weather. Check your battery for loose connections or signs of corrosion. Have your battery and charging system checked by a professional and replace if needed.
Tip #7 – Inspect Your Engine
Before the weather takes a turn for the cold and rainy, check under the hood for any visible signs of wear and tear. Inspect hoses, look for leaks or loose clamps, anything that could be a potential problem and replace what you can. If you have previously experienced any issues with your vehicle, hire a licensed mechanic to do a full inspection and fix any issues before it becomes a bigger problem.
With these tips, your vehicle will be ready not just for fall but for the colder winter months. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape is the best way to drive safe in cold weather conditions.