It’s time to talk car maintenance. Why? The air is getting crispier, and the leaves have started to change colors, which is a clear sign that the fall season is fully underway, and we are approaching the colder months in New England. While many people begin to think about car maintenance ahead of the winter season, the truth is that the fall season can present its own set of challenges for your vehicle.
To ensure that your car runs smoothly as we transition seasons, check out some car maintenance tips that are essential for you to consider so you can avoid high repair costs or issues that could put you in harm’s way.
1 – Check on your fluids.
The first part of car maintenance is to make sure that you are all set with the fluids in your car. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, you must make sure that all parts are kept cool and are lubricated correctly.
When you are checking fluids, check on the engine oil, washer, and brake fluid, as well as coolant. Also, as the weather gets cooler, make sure that you are keeping your gas tank at least half full to avoid freezing.
2 – Check your tires.
The second part of car maintenance is to keep an eye on your tires to make sure that the pressure has not decreased, which can happen often especially as the weather gets cooler. If your tires are not inflated appropriately, there will be reduced traction, which can become dangerous on slippery or wet roads.
If you are not sure how to check the pressure of your tires, use a tire pressure gauge and compare it against the manufacturer of your car’s recommended levels.
3 – Inspect your brakes.
The third part of car maintenance is to ensure that your brakes are working properly. This is absolutely essential to the safety of your vehicle. Especially during the fall season when the roads can become wet and slippery on top of fallen leaves, you must ensure they are in good condition.
Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic who can assess whether your brakes are working properly and make sure that there is no grinding, squeaking, or reduced brake responsiveness.
4 – Do an oil change.
While it is always important to change your oil regularly, it is especially important during a transition of seasons and needs to be part of your fall car maintenance.
Check the owner manual that you were given when purchasing your car to see what your recommended oil type is and be sure that you are changing the oil filter as well. This is the best way to ensure that your engine is operating properly and that you are avoiding any damages in the cold temperatures.
5 – Test the battery.
As the weather gets colder, you may find that it can become more difficult for your battery to start your car. It is always a good idea to get your battery tested by a professional to assess its health and replace it if it is necessary.
If you have purchased your car and have not replaced the battery in a few years, it may be smart to replace anyways, to stay ahead of it!
6 – Check on your heater and defroster.
In the coming months, you will be relying on your car’s heater and defroster to not only keep you comfortable while driving, but also to help maintain visibility on the road. Make sure that both systems are working properly and set up time to get the systems checked if you are noticing any issues.
7 – Make sure your lights are working properly.
Since the colder weather means shorter daylight hours, you will want to make sure that all your lights are working properly, including your headlights, taillights, and turn signals. In addition, check on your high beams and fog lights. Replace any burned-out bulbs if you notice any issues, which can be done easily, quickly, and cheaply!