As we head into October, we are in store for cooler weather. Before the weather gets colder, you should check-in with your car to make sure it is running up to par. Here are ten things to look at when prepping your car for Fall:
Belts and Hoses
With the heat and humidity of summer months, it is possible that your belts and hoses could be damaged. Inspect for injury; this could include cracks, leaks, splits, and frays, among other issues.
You must replace your fluid levels when any are running low. Many liquids may have evaporated in the hot summer and require a top off. Brake fluids, power steering fluids, transmission fluids, windshield wiper fluids, and coolant all serve a vital purpose and are necessary to keep your car running smoothly and should be checked.
Maintaining proper tire pressure is important because as temperatures drop, so does the tire inflation. Additionally, inspect the thread and overall condition of the tires for your safety. Lastly, to prolong their lives, rotate your tires so they will wear evenly.
Prepare for the Worst
As cold weather hits, the possibility of a roadside emergency brings new concerns. To do this, you will need to stock your car with some safety items and cold-weather necessities. These include a blanket, a first aid kit, a flashlight, gloves, an ice scraper, and jumper cables.
Change your oil as recommended by your user manual to keep you and your car safe.
You need to make sure your heating system is working properly before the cold weather hits. Make sure the defroster is also working so your windshield does not fog up.
You cannot consider yourself a safe driver if you do not regularly check your brakes. Any issue with your brakes will be heightened with cold weather, so now is a crucial time.
All floor mats are not created equal. Consider all-weather floor mats to protect your car’s floors against the snow, water, and dirt that winter boots bring. Additionally, these mats can be used all year long!
Check to make sure all of your lights are working correctly for any coming storms. Put your lights on and walk around the exterior of your vehicle. Look at your brake lights, flashers, headlights, and taillights.
Investigate for charge and corrosion so you can safely start your vehicle.
Source: National Dispatch