The leaves are changing color, which is a sign that it’s not only time to get ready for Thanksgiving, but it is also time to prepare your car for fall. As the temperatures get colder, there is certain routine maintenance that should be done to your car. Here are 5 fall service tips that will keep your car running in top condition.
Change your wiper blades.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to remember to change your windshield wipers until you actually need to use them. Rather than suffering with a streaky windshield (and bad visibility), change your windshield wipers when the season changes.
Check your tire pressure.
As the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. Cold air condenses, which means your tire pressure is probably lower than it should be. Check all four tires and your spare to ensure that each one is in top-notch condition. Bad tire pressure can not only affect your fuel economy, but it can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Remember to top off fluids.
There are a number of fluids in your car that should be double-checked before winter comes rolling in. These includes windshield wiper fluid, which should be replaced with a solvent that won’t freeze in cold weather; coolant, which helps your engine from overheating; and brake fluid, which can be done by your local auto body shop.
Replace your old battery.
Cold weather doesn’t just affect tire pressure; it also affects the performance of your battery. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in the freezing cold with a dead battery.
Get a new air filter.
Fall is a time for allergies, so why make things worse with an old air filter? Instead, change your car’s air filter, which should be done twice a year. Doing so will help keep your car running smoothly and your allergies less bothersome.
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