October signals the start of Fall but it’s also National Car Care Month! Now is an excellent time to start planning for driving in rain and other possible conditions. Continue reading to learn five quick maintenance tips that will get your car ready for any weather!
Tire To Do’s
Check tire pressure, including the spare. Tires can lose one pound of pressure for every drop of 10-degrees Fahrenheit so it’s important to follow the pressure outlined in the owner’s manual for your vehicle. You should also inspect tires for bulges and bald spots.
Make the Switch to Winter Tires
Did you know that once the temperature drops below 45-degrees Fahrenheit, an all-season tire’s ability to grip the road decreases? It’s a fact. Severe weather presents a new set of driving challenges – slush, ice and hard-packed snow – and with it, the need to make the switch to winter tires.
Double Check Those Brakes
Fall is an ideal time to have your brake system checked. Brakes are necessary to vehicle safety and extremely important when driving on slippery roads. A full inspection should include brake linings, rotors and drums.
Charge Your Battery
Check your battery connections to make sure they are tight, clean and free of corrosion. Cold weather can be hard on batteries so you’ll want to check your battery and charging system. If you’re battery is more than three years old, you may want to replace it since there are no warning signs for a failing battery.
Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades
Don’t be left in the cold this winter. Make sure your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is working properly. In addition to your comfort, it’s important this system is in working order to help with defrosting. This is also a good time to check your air filters to make sure they are clear of debris. Lastly, take a look at those wiper blades. There’s nothing worse than a smeared windshield due to a cracked or torn wiper blade. As a general rule, these should be replaced every six months.
Have any other Fall Car Care tips in mind? Please share them in the comments below!
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