Fall Car Care
Fall Car Care
During the fall season, climatic conditions change and you will often meet storms, occasional rain showers or even snowfall. If you are on the road, the last thing you want is some problem with your car. Here are some fall car care tips to make your car roadworthy.
Inspect the Electrical System
The car’s electrical system plays an important role in the efficient functioning of your car. First, you need to check the battery for any loose connections, leaks and signs of corrosion. As batteries get older, they lose the capacity to hold a charge. Hence, you need to get the battery checked by a professional. If your battery is three years old or older, you should consider getting it replaced.
Check Defroster and Heater
During the fall season, the temperature drops and you need the car heater to keep passengers in the car comfortable. Check the heater to ensure it is working properly and not blowing cold air. You need to check the ventilator output for any blocks and make sure the blower, as well as the switch are working properly. A defroster works to clear the condensation on the windshield and the windows. Make sure the defrosters at the front and the back are working as intended.
Inspect Brakes and Tires
The tires and the braking system play an important role in stopping your car safely. As the temperature falls, the air pressure in the tires also decreases. Hence, you need to maintain the recommended air pressure in all tires, including the spare tire. The tread depth plays an important role in grip on the road. If the tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch, there are more chances of your car skidding on wet and slippery road conditions. If the tires have bald spots or bulges, consider getting new tires. You need to also check the brake linings and the brake pads for excessive wear and tear. If the brake pad is less than 1/4 of an inch, get the brake pads replaced.
Check the Antifreeze
The antifreeze protects your engine from freezing in the colder climate. You need to ensure the radiator has an adequate level of coolant/antifreeze compound to protect your engine.
Check the Fluids
Your car depends on certain fluids for efficient functioning. Some of the important fluids in your car are engine oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid. Make sure all fluid levels are between the minimum and maximum levels. If the engine oil is dark black and thick, get the engine oil changed.
Check the Wiper Blades
During the fall season, you will feel the need to use your wipers more often like during heavy rain or snowfall. Wiper blades are made of rubber which often develops cracks during the summer season. A damaged wiper blade will not clean the windshield effectively. If the wiper blades have cracks, get them replaced.
By following these fall car care tips, you can keep unexpected car repairs at bay that may arise due to car maintenance negligence. These small car maintenance tips can ensure your car is always capable of supporting your journeys, whether short or long during the fall season.