You can avoid a lot of issues this fall by providing your vehicle with the right maintenance. This maintenance should include routine oil changes, tire inspections and much more, so you don’t end up wasting your time, energy and money on vehicle repairs later.
Below, we provide plenty of tips for car care in the fall:
- Give your brakes a visual inspection: The brakes are an essential part of every vehicle, and it’s important that they always work efficiently. This is especially true during the colder months, as the ground could have less traction due to ice or snow. You can give your brakes a visual inspection by seeing how much is left of the brake pads. If they’ve worn down to around 4 mm, it’s probably time for a replacement. Brakes that squeak whenever you press the brake pedal may also need replacing.
- Refill the fluids: If your vehicle is running low on any fluids, be sure to refill them. You’ll want to check the levels of your transmission fluid, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid and coolant. All these fluids are essential in maintaining the efficiency of your vehicle and should be checked regularly.
- Inspect your tires: Deflated or worn-out tires can be a major issue, especially when it comes to braking. That’s why it’s important to routinely check the tread on your tires. There are several ways to check the tread on your tires, including the well-known penny test. If you want an accurate inspection, bring your vehicle to a reputable, local auto shop. Be sure to also consider snow tires if you live in an area that gets plenty of snow.
- Pack cold-weather supplies: There are several supplies you don’t want to be caught without during an emergency. In preparation for cooler weather, you should stock your vehicle with gloves, blankets and an ice scraper. There are also supplies you’ll want to keep in your vehicle no matter what time of year it is, including a flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, jack and lug wrench.
- Check your lights: Soon enough, it will start getting darker sooner in the day. It’s important that all your lights work at maximum efficiency, so you don’t end up unable to see on an especially dark night.
- Schedule an inspection: The best way of protecting yourself and your vehicle this fall is by having a professional mechanic inspect it. They can check for all possible issues and recommend repairs. You could also schedule a routine tune-up, during which the auto shop will refill your vehicle’s fluids, clean it, replace the fuel filter and much more. With a good tune-up, your car will be ready to hit the road in no time.
Don’t put off fall car maintenance any longer. Following all the tips above will help ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly all season. If you don’t have the time, energy or resources to provide your vehicle with proper maintenance, visit the experts at Madison Muffler & Auto Repair. We offer fair prices on our car maintenance, repair and inspection services.