Every season calls for a different car maintenance routine. Fall is the transition from summer to the winter season, and you need to prepare your car for the shift. Here is a list of eight items you need to check in preparation for the fall.
You should typically replace your car battery after three years. However, there is a high likelihood of potential damage to the internal battery structure after summer. The damage could be because of the summer heat vaporizing the battery fluid or eroding the inside of the battery and inhibiting current flow. A good battery connection should be corrosion-free and clean.
Replace worn-out tires as soon as possible and practice fitting snow chains before winter. Rotate tires to ensure that they wear out uniformly and maintain proper tire pressure. Check the tread and overall condition of the tire to make sure you have the best traction for the coming icy road conditions. Make sure you also have a spare tire.
3. Windshield and lights
Because the days are shorter and nights longer, visibility is essential in the fall. To ensure that you can see and that other motorists can see you, check that all your vehicle exterior lights are working. Also, troubleshoot your headlight, taillight, brake light, and flashers to detect any issues that need rectifying.
4. Oil check
Depending on the manufacturer or your driving habits, oil change intervals vary. Check your manual and oil level, and depending on the recommended oil change interval, add oil if necessary. The manual helps to understand the type of engine in your car and the amount of oil to use.
Check to make sure your heater and defroster work well, paying closer attention to the heater hoses. A coolant on the floorboard is an indicator that the heater core is leaky and should be changed. It would help if you had the heater for the cold and a working defroster for the fogged-up windshield.
6. Fluid level
Every fluid has a role to play, and it’s vital to replace the fluid levels whenever necessary. Washer fluids come in handy for visibility while the power steering fluid is for operating the vehicle. A coolant mixture regulates the engine temperature, transmission fluid is for cooling, and the brake fluid is a lubricant that prevents corrosion. All these fluids are essential in ensuring the car runs smoothly.
7. Emergency kit
It is easy for your car to break down in the middle of the road with the fall weather. You should ensure you have an emergency kit with the necessary equipment to help you jumpstart your car or seek help if you get stranded. Stock your emergency kit with gloves, an ice scraper, blanket, jumper cables, flashlights, first aid materials, flares, road salt, and some snacks.
8. Belts, hoses, and filters
Belts and hoses are prone to overheating. Check your belt and stockings for any sign of cracks, leaks, and wears. Replace them if necessary to make sure there is no fraying, splitting, or glazing. Make sure your oil, gas, and cabin air are also in good condition.