You’re probably aware that you need to do some work to prepare your car for the hot summer months, but you may not know that you should also take measures to prepare your car for the fall season.
Keep reading to learn some tips for getting your vehicle ready for the fall.
#1 - Look at the Belts & Hoses
Take a peek for cracks, leaks, and wears in the belts and hoses. There shouldn’t be any indication of splitting, fraying, or glazing.
#2 - Check the Fluids
Check the following fluids to make sure they are adequately filled:
- Windshield washer fluids
- Transmission fluids
- Brake fluids
- Power steering fluids
#3 - Take a Look at the Tires
Make sure the tread, inflation, and general condition of your tires are sufficient. Additionally, it’s a good idea to rotate your tires regularly so they wear evenly.
#4 - Prepare for the Cold
Being stranded on the road is never pleasant, but it can be even worse if you’re ill-prepared and the weather isn’t cooperating. It’s wise to stock your car with the following just in case:
- Ice scraper
- First aid kit
- Jumper cables
#5 - Look at the Oil
It’s necessary to keep up with oil changes. Without sufficient oil changes, your car can endure significant harm. At the very worst, your engine can blow up.
#6 - Check the Heater
It’s a good idea to make sure that your heater is working properly before you need it. It’s also wise to make sure your defrosters work properly since driving with a foggy windshield is very dangerous and ill-advised.
#7 - Check the Brakes
Being able to stop is a very critical element of driving. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your brakes are working properly and your brake pads aren’t worn out.
#8 - Check the Battery
Look for signs of corrosion and make sure it’s adequately charged. Most auto parts stores won’t charge you for a diagnosis, so it may be a good idea to take it in.
#9 - Look at the Headlights
The last thing you want is to be stuck on a dark highway at night without working headlights. Make sure they’re as bright as they can be.
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