We are quickly approaching the start of the fall season, as we start to lose leaves on trees and heat in the air. With the fall season comes things like the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Spirit Halloweens, and haunted events. Something else that the fall season brings that many do not recognize as a large part of the season, is preparing your car. When transitioning to the chillier, autumn months, there are many important steps to take to ensure your car is properly prepared and ready. These are the necessary steps to get your vehicles fall-ready:
Check Maintenance for Your Car
When getting ready for fall, you will want to do a seasonal maintenance check on your vehicle. You will want to just make sure that your fluid levels are in order and looking good. We suggest you check your engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid.
Checking that all of these fluids are at the proper levels as well as looking fresh and healthy is very important and should be done at the beginning of each season of the year.
Look at Your Tires
Having tires equipped and ready for the weather of the approaching season is incredibly important. Tires not properly prepared for different weather conditions can cause devasting and irreversible damage, so do not pass up these important tasks! Check the tread of the tire. A proper tire tread ideally will be 6/32”. If you are unsure how to properly check the tread, look into the penny trick!
Additionally, check your air pressure often. Weather and temperature affect tire pressure, so make sure the tire pressure stays at the right points for your car.
Confirm Brakes Work Properly
If you want to check your brakes yourself, there are a few things you need to do. Listen to the brake sound and look out for any abnormal sounds. Pay attention to the way the brakes feel. Ensure that your brake lights work properly and as needed.
Check/Change Windshield Wiper Blades
Having old and well-used wiper blades can be damaging to your car the longer you have them. They can especially cause damage when frosty weather hits your area. Depending on where you live, you may even want to consider upgrading your blades to winter-specific blades. These are designed to withstand colder weather, snow, and frost.