Fall is here, but is your car ready for the colder temperatures and changing road and weather conditions? If not, these fall car care tips can help your car take on autumn and even help you prepare for the upcoming winter.
Inspect the Suspension System
The summer can wear down suspension parts, so have your shock absorbers, struts, and other suspension parts inspected and repaired at the beginning of fall to ensure a smooth performance all season long. You also want to monitor the system’s performance and have the suspension fixed if you notice that your car is bouncing or riding lower than usual.
Check and Adjust Tire Pressure
As the temperatures begin to drop, your car’s tire pressures will as well. In fact, tire pressure decreases by 1 PSI every time the outside temperature drops by 10 degrees. So make a point to check the inflation of your tires regularly throughout the season. If you see that your tires are getting flat, inflate them to the proper air pressure as stated in your owner’s manual.
Check Fluid Levels and Conditions
After a hot summer, the fluids in your car will need to be changed or refilled. So check the levels and conditions of your windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, etc and refill if needed. You also want to look at your engine oil. If it’s running low or is black and gritty, get an oil change immediately.
Inspect and Clean the Battery
Fall weather conditions can negatively affect the battery, especially as the temperatures start to get colder. To prevent a dead battery, clean the terminals and cable ends and check for any signs of corrosion. This will help the battery maintain a better connection with the vehicle’s electrical systems.
Clean or Replace the Cabin Air Filter
Autumn’s falling leaves may be beautiful, but they can clog your car’s air system. Throughout the season, peek at your car’s cabin filter and remove all the leaves, dirt, and debris. Better yet, replace the filter to ensure clean air in your cabin.
Test the Heating System
After more than three months of air conditioning, you’ll want to check your car’s heater to make sure that it’s still working properly. To do this, simply turn the heater on and monitor its performance. It should start blowing hot air immediately. If it’s emitting cold air or you smell or hear something unusual when the system is active, get your heater checked and repaired.
Get Your Car Detailed
Get summer’s grime and pollen off your vehicle when you get your car detailed during the fall. Detailing services will clean the exterior and interior of the car. They’ll also help to protect the exterior against environmental damage caused by leaves, dirt, and debris. Best of all, they can prepare the vehicle for the winter and protect against road salt.
Get Your Car Serviced
Most importantly, get your car serviced. The summer can take a toll on any vehicle, so schedule a service appointment to have everything under the hood inspected and repaired as needed to ensure your car is ready for the fall season.
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