The leaves change and frigid temperatures set in during the fall—the perfect time for car maintenance. For many car owners, the change of season is a reminder that they should pay a visit to their local auto shop (especially because many cars need fresh oil every three months or so). That’s why we at Schaumburg Mitsubishi have composed a page on fall car maintenance.
Tire Care. Tires are the only vehicle component to come in contact with the road; ergo, you should treat them with special care. Be sure to check tire pressure when the temperatures drop, as this can affect air pressure. Additionally, you should check tires for abnormal wear. For instance, if you notice bald spots, bulging, or cracking, your tires may be close to giving out.
Replace Wipers. Few things are more important than visibility on the road, but some drivers forget to change their wipers every fall. New wipers will help to clear away rain and snow, exponentially improving your driving. Also, be sure to refill washer/de-icer fluid before the winter hits.
Check Battery. Cold temperatures can especially impact electrical equipment, including the battery. Be sure to have a professional check the charge of your battery to ensure that it doesn’t give out during the cold months ahead. Nothing is worse than getting stranded in cold weather. Additionally, be sure to get jumper cables if you don’t have them already.
Wash Your Car. Washing and waxing your car isn’t just for looks. Removing dirt and adding a layer of protection preserves the paint and clear coat, especially when the road salt and grime accumulate in cold weather.
These are just some of the many things you should do for fall maintenance. Also be sure to top off fluids, inspect you belt, adjust alignment, and check the HVAC system. With all this maintenance, your car will run better and retain its value longer.