Thunderstorms rolling in this week, and some have forecast that it might even snow in the high country by the end of the week. Thus its official: fall is here, and it’s starting to get colder already. That means harsher weather, more rain, and possibly even snow. It might seem pleasant and sunny right now, but the last thing you want is your car to break down in the cold or in the rain. If you want your vehicle to last through to the spring, here are some tips
No one wants to be standing on the side of the road trying to recharge his or her battery. If you need to take your car in for maintenance anyways, have them check your battery and get it recharged or replaced.
Check your oil, brakes, transmission, wiper fluid, etc. Oil should be changed about every 3,000 miles – check your owner’s manual to be sure about when your car needs an oil change. Also make sure that you have windshield wiper fluid that won’t freeze in colder weather. If anything needs to be changed, make sure you do it as soon as possible.
It’s getting darker earlier, and rain and snowstorms make visibility even worse. Working lights are a necessity, not only to help you see the road, but to help other drivers see you. Check all of your lights – headlights, brake lights, taillights, emergency lights, turn signals, etc. Make sure they’re clean and not burnt out.
You should have your tires rotated every other oil change (check your manual for specific guidelines). Also check your tire pressure. It’s easy to forget, but you should check your tire pressure once a month. If it’s getting colder, that might affect your tire pressure. Plus, making sure your tires are properly inflated can get you better mileage.
Be prepared for those winter months. It’s going to get cold! Don’t forget to check your antifreeze. If you wait until December, you might find the shelves at the store empty.
These aren’t the only things you may need to check. Look over your Owner’s Manual and make sure you are up to date with the manufacturer’s guidelines. It may be time to do a scheduled maintenance check at your mechanic or dealership.