The crisp air of fall is something to look forward to. It’s windy outside, and you have to don your jackets and sweaters to keep warm. This is all wonderful until you break down and are stranded in the crisp air with the blowing leaves. Making sure your vehicle is fall-ready can help you avoid being “that” person. Your mechanic will check these areas when he inspects your car.
Lights, heat, and wipers
The fall days are shorter, so you’ll be using your headlights more than usual. Your mechanic will make sure that your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work properly.
Heaters and defrosters will also be getting a lot of use, so they too need to be checked.
In the midst of a fall downpour, your wiper blades may seem insignificant, but not when they’re worn out!
Brakes and tires
When the mechanic gets your car, one of the things he’s going to do is to check the brakes – they are one of the most important safety features on your car.
You should make sure that your tires have adequate tread depth and that they are properly inflated. Those living in areas that experience early snow should be especially careful. Inspect the spare and make sure it is included!
Gas, oil, and filters
Keep your gas tank at least half full as the weather begins to cool. By doing so, you can prevent moisture from collecting and possibly freezing in your gas lines.
If you need an oil change, your mechanic will be able to tell you, but clean oil will help your car run better in the cold weather.
You will have the transmission, oil, and fuel filters changed when your car is in the shop.
Exhaust, cooling, and charging systems
A vehicle’s battery can be drained by cold weather. As part of your tune-up, your battery and charging system will be examined.
You may need to clean and flush your cooling system, as well as add fresh antifreeze. Your mechanic will be able to tell you if this is something your car needs right now!
During cold weather, you keep the windows closed, so it’s especially important that your exhaust system isn’t malfunctioning, which could result in a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
Bring on the fall
You can take those fall road trips with confidence after your mechanic has given your vehicle a clean bill of health.
At Fairway Collision Center, we’re happy to help you get your car in shape for the autumn season.
We look forward to hearing from you!