Fall Car Care
Many car owners think that only harsh winter and summer seasons put stress on their vehicles. However, the fact is that the moderate fall season also puts some stress on cars that can lead to some serious problems. Here are some fall car care tips that will prepare your car for the fall season.
Check Car’s Interior
During the summer season, seals and gaskets can dry-rot and become ineffective. In some parts, occasional rains and storms are common in the fall season. You need to check the weather stripping in your car for damage and cracks and get them replaced. If you ignore this, water will seep in the car’s interior and can damage the electrical system and seats. Also, trees shed leaves during the fall season and you might find that the car mats and carpets inside are filthy with dirt and dry leaves. You need to vacuum the car’s interior and clean it thoroughly.
Check Wiper Blades
Just like the weather stripping, wiper blades are made of natural rubber or synthetic compounds that develop cracks in the summer heat. A wiper blade plays an important role in clearing the windshield and giving the driver a clear view of the road ahead. If the wiper blades have developed cracks, get them replaced.
Inspect the Battery
Cold temperatures reduce the capacity of the battery. The battery is an important component of the car’s electrical system so you should check the battery for any leaks, signs of corrosion, as well as loose joints and get them fixed. Also, as batteries get older, they lose the capacity to hold a charge. If the battery is three years or older, you should consider getting a new battery.
Inspect Brakes and Tires
Tires and brakes play an important role in stopping your car safely in an emergency. Brake pads wear with usage. You need to get the brake pads, brake fluid, brake assemblies, brake line and hoses checked by a professional. If you see less than 1/4 of an inch of brake pad left, you need to get the brake pads replaced. Also, the brake fluid level should be between the minimum and maximum level.
You should look for uneven wear of tires which is an indicator of misalignment of the wheels. As the temperature drops, the pressure inside the tires also drops. Hence, you need to ensure that all tires have the recommended air pressure. Next, check the tread depth of all tires. If the tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to get a new tire. You need to also check the tires for bald spots and bulges.
Check Fluid Levels
Your car’s efficiency and health depend on several fluids. The most important is the engine oil that prevents the car’s engine from overheating and reduces friction between moving components. You need to ensure that the engine oil level is between the minimum and maximum recommended level. If the oil has turned black and filled with dirt, it’s time to get the oil changed. Similarly, you should maintain recommended levels of transmission fluid and engine coolant.
The above fall car care tips will make your car roadworthy and you are less likely to face unexpected problems during the winter season.