Fall is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time for some vehicle maintenance. Having your car serviced before the fall arrives is one way to keep your vehicle on the road longer. Fall entails cooler weather and plenty of leaves. Make sure your vehicle is ready to tackle the fall by following this fall vehicle maintenance checklist.
Check Your A/C and Heating System
Test your cooling and heating system to ensure your vehicle is ready for any type of weather. Leaks, dirty vents, and blocked airways will all affect your car’s A/C and heating system from performing its best. An auto mechanic can look over your two systems and ensure that everything is in good condition.
Check Your Wiper Blades
Since you use your wiper blades the most during the fall and winter, you’ll want to make sure that they can properly remove any precipitation or debris from your windshield. Having windshield wipers that don’t work properly can make it harder to see during inclement weather and put your safety at risk. To prevent this from happening, experts recommend replacing your wiper blades at least once a month, preferably before fall arrives.
Check Your Tires
During the fall, temperatures can vary significantly. Tires expand when it’s warm and contract when it’s cold. That also means tire pressure increases and decreases with the outside temperature. This constant expanding and contracting can lead to tire problems if your tires are not in good condition. Be sure to check your tire’s air pressure and have them replaced if they’re balding, torn, or in otherwise poor condition.
Change or Top Off Fluids
Before fall arrives, make sure to change or top off your car’s fluids. There are six fluids you need to be aware of:
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Coolant/radiator fluid
- Power-steering fluid
- Motor oil
For your car to work properly, all of these fluids will need to be at their correct levels. If they aren’t, top them off.
When it comes to motor oil, refer to your owner’s manual to see how often you should have it replaced. Never miss an oil change. If you do, you risk blocking your car’s engine and will have to pay a hefty auto repair bill.
Get Ready for the Fall with Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions
The experienced auto technicians at Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions are here to help prepare your car for the fall. When you bring your car into our Frederick, MD auto repair shop, we’ll thoroughly inspect your car, alert you to any upcoming work that should be done, and prepare your vehicle to tackle the fall.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.