vehicle maintenance in fall

Just like you prep yourself for the coming winters, you need to equip your car to handle the cold too. And it’s not easy to start or keep the vehicle running in winters. A deflated tire or a freezing car are commonly faced issues if you don’t take care of your car.

You don’t want to drive to and fro work while your body stiffens from cold. So, how to avoid suffering any car troubles in the upcoming chilly winters? It’s simple.

All you have to do is take a few precautions and safety checks. It won’t cost you much; rather, it will save you a lot of time and money. So, invest in your safety and comfort

Here are some excellent maintenance tips for doing in the fall.

TIRE CONDITION

Without a doubt, tires are the most pivotal part of a vehicle, especially in the winter season. Since snow requires tires with more traction to allow a better grip, you must check the current condition of your tires.

If you’re on a budget and using all-season tires, check the tread level using a gauge. Although the winter tires are better suited to run on snowy tracks, also need an inspection for physical wear or tear.

Don’t forget to check the tire pressure. If the pressure is higher, release some air and fill up air if the pressure is lower.

WIPER

Heavy rain and even snow start falling in the fall season. This is the perfect time to test the effectiveness and working power of your windscreen wipers. Since wipers are crucial in maintaining visibility during rough weather, you must be extra careful while examining them.

Turn the wipers on and observe your windscreen. If the wipers leave a streak-free windshield, they’re good. However, any screeching sounds or jerky movements suggest that your wipers need to be replaced. If the damage is not much, you can clean them with a paper towel or glass cleaner.

WASHER FLUID

There are different kinds of washer fluids. The season-specific fluids give smoother functionality to the wipers. The washer fluids made for the winter season are anti-freeze liquids making your windscreen squeaky clean, and clear.

Instead of using water, go for washer fluids made explicitly for the cold season. It will go a long way in maintaining your car’s health.

HEATER SYSTEM

Even in fall, the temperature levels tend to drop significantly. Therefore, you can easily test the efficiency of your heaters.

Turn on the heater and note how fast the car warms up. Also, note whether it heats the car enough or not. If the heater is taking too long to work, it might be needing some repairing.

CHECK/CHANGE OIL – CAR FLUIDS

Just like humans, cars also need their required doses of fluids to function correctly. Checking the engine oil before the winter arrives is a smart way to ensure smooth car travel. If your engine oil looks dirty, change it. And if it is time for the scheduled oil change, now is the time to change it and avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

BRAKES

Due to rain and snow, the roads tend to be wet and slippery. This greatly increases the chances of cars skidding and going off track. Also, due to the watery roads, it is harder than usual to apply brakes.

Hence, it is crucial to inspect the effectiveness of your brakes. Examine your braking power on rough roads. Also, check the brake pads. If less than 4mm friction material is left, you must replace with new ones to reduce safety hazard.

One other thing is the brake oil. Without adequate brake oil, the brakes won’t work properly. So, make sure the brake is ready to take on winter.

BATTERY

The life of a car depends on its battery. And, if you want to get through the winters without being stranded alongside a dead vehicle, now is the time to examine the car battery.

Check the battery for any signs of corrosion or loosened cables and tighten as per requirement. Clean the battery from corrosion. If the caps can be opened, check the battery water levels and refill if need be

LIGHTS

Winter days are shorter than summer.  This means that you will be driving in the dark most of the time. Plus, the arrival of fog early in the day also obstructs and hinders vision to a great extent.

To ensure maximum visibility despite the fog and dark, check your lights. This includes headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and emergency lights. If the bulbs are dimming or malfunctioning, replace them. Also, after a period of time, lights can become cloudy. This not just alters the beauty of a car but also poses a safety threat. Consider cleaning them to remove the cloudiness. This will significantly improve your night vision

UNDER THE HOOD

You don’t need to be a mechanic to point out minor malfunctions or physically visible breakdowns. Open the hood of your car and look for any loose or broken cables. Also, ensure that there are no leakages. This way, you will be able to eliminate any minor issues without needing any assistance.

OVERALL WASHING AND MAINTENANCE

Your car needs regular care. Take your vehicle for proper washing and engine service from time to time. Check and vacuum the air filter to reduce dust accumulation

Apart from regular maintenance, fix any pending malfunctions or issues that might snowball into serious issues come winter. By doing this, your car will stay in a much better shape, and the engine will also run smoothly when the weather becomes rough.

TO WRAP IT UP

As the summer transitions into winters, you must brace your car for the chilly weather. Our tips for maintaining your car in the fall can go a long way and avoid any future discomfort. These inexpensive and ingenious hacks will guarantee you a smooth and safe driving experience despite the weather conditions.

So, take note of any noticeable wear or leakages and get them fixed. Also, eliminate other, usually ignored, signs and symptoms of car troubles.