When the school busses start visiting the neighborhood and the kids start begging to go shopping, it can only mean one thing—time to head back to school. As the school year starts, it also means that fall is just around the corner, so make sure your car is in prime condition by following these fall car maintenance tips!
Clean up your battery. The battery is the most important part of your car, since it is the car’s main power source. Cold weather can be hard on batteries, so make sure its connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. If you know that your battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to replace it before the brisk fall weather comes—that way, you won’t be constantly worrying about it failing.
Check your heater, defrosters, and wiper blades. You don’t want to get stuck in the cold this fall, so make sure all the systems that keep you warm are in top working order. Also, fall is the perfect time to check and replace your air filters. Wiper blades are also a necessity in day-to-day driving, and when there is a heavy fall storm, you don’t want to get stuck with little visibility. These blades should be replaced every six months, so replace them if you haven’t already.
Get fresh tires if need be and check the pressure. Tires are what help keep your car connected to the road, so you want to make sure that the tire pressure and tread depth are good to go on the slick fall roads.
Keep your brakes fresh. The brake system needs to be checked before the winter storms roll in, so ask your local mechanic to look at the brake linings, rotors, and drums. By doing this, you ensure your brakes will be in working order to tackle the ice- or snow-covered roads of winter.
By following these fall car maintenance tips, you can ensure your car will be in top working order for fall and winter. If you need to get your car serviced or are looking for a great new back-to-school car for your teenager, stop in to Brown Motors today!