As the leaves begin to change color and the temperatures drop, you know that fall is right around the corner and winter isn’t far behind that. Along with switching out your wardrobe and adding pumpkin to a variety of dishes, you should also show your car some TLC. Here are a few seasonal maintenance tips to get you started.
Once a month, do a thorough inspection of your tires. Check the tread depth by doing the penny test. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time for new tires. You also should look for signs of uneven wear, which could indicate an alignment issue. Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
An already-weak battery can fail when the temperatures get cold. Have your battery tested to make sure it has enough power to make it through the cold seasons. You should also inspect the cables and terminals to make sure everything is connected properly.
You’ll likely be using the heater more than the AC, as it gets colder outside. However, air conditioning still plays an important role for your vehicle. When the windows get foggy, the A/C is what removes the moisture from the air. Make sure all of your vehicle’s HVAC systems are working properly, to enhance visibility.
You should get a new set of wiper blades every six to 12 months. If they are stuttering across your window, have cracks in them, or are leaving streaks, it is time for a new set.
Be fully prepared for the cold weather ahead with strong braking performance. Have your brakes inspected to make sure there is adequate pad depths. If you hear any squealing while braking, this could indicate that the brake pads are too thin.
As the days get shorter, make sure your vehicle’s exterior lights are angled properly and working. It’s all too easy to overlook a burnt out taillight, and this feature is quite important in boosting the visibility of your auto to other drivers.