Fall Back on This Fall Checklist for Your Car

It’s fall, ya’ll, and with the falling leaves come some tasks that need to be done to keep your car in tip top condition.

Rain Check. If you haven’t changed your wiper blades lately, it may be time. Check for torn edges, cracks, stiff places, or corroded metal. Next time it rains, watch for steaks and listen for squeaks. Most wiper blades need to be changed every six to twelve months. Some folk opt to have their wiper blades changed at every oil change.

Kick the Tires. Read the manufacturer’s manual to find out the optimal tire pressure for winter. Look for worn spots. Measure the tread depth, too. If your tire tread is 2/32″ or less, you’re out of compliance with state law, but your tires are way beyond safe. If you regularly drive in rain, or if you anticipate a trip in the snow, you may need to replace your tires at 4/32″.

Fluid Notions. Pop open your hood, and check your fluids. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid, coolant, and oil are your vehicle’s life blood. Make sure that your levels are good, and that you don’t have any leaks.

Power Level. Cold weather is hard on a battery. If your lights are shining dimly, or if you hear your car straining to start, you may have a battery issue.

Heat It Up. Before that first frosty morning, turn on your car’s heater to make sure that it’s doing it’s job.

Wax on. Wax off. Falling leaves can leave marks on your car’s finish. Give it a good wash and wax

Light Touch. With shorter days approaching, make sure that your lights are working. Shine your bright lights against a wall, and don’t forget to check them on ‘bright’. Check each signal light. When we do car inspections, vehicle owners are often surprised to find that they have lights that are not working.

Whether you have a trip to the mountains planned or your vehicle is spending a lot of time in the car line, it’s important to get your car or truck in shape during the fall. If you need help, let us know. We’re always here to make sure that your vehicle is running well, and in good condition for the health, safety, happiness, and comfort for you and your family.

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