The heat of summer is over and the deep freeze of winter is just right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to take care of your car for the autumn chill ahead.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your car for the cooler weather ahead.
Change Your Air Filter
Dust and pollen accumulates in your air filter all summer long and a dirty filter decreases airflow, horsepower and engine performance. Autumn is the perfect time to give your car a breath of fresh air. Replacing your vehicles air filter is a quick way to breathe new life into your engine. It is also a great time to change your vehicles cabin air filter. The same debris and contaminants that affect your engine also can reach you and your passengers inside the vehicle. These easy maintenance issues can be done while you wait.
Check the Battery
Extreme cold weather can zap car batteries of the power needed to start and run a car. Batteries older than 3 or 4 years are more susceptible to fail, especially if they are having trouble starting a car during warm weather. Have your battery checked to make sure it is in good working order. Replace it if necessary. Also, don`t forget to carry jumper cables in your car in case your battery fails.
Check the Engine
The oil, antifreeze, belts and hoses should be checked during your autumn car check-up. Oil should be changed regularly to keep an engine running at its maximum efficiency. Antifreeze should last between 2 to 5 years, depending on the type. If it`s been awhile since you`ve had it changed, our quick Fluid RX test will identify if the coolant has degraded to the point that it should be changed. When our technicians are checking the fluid, they will also check hoses for leaks and belts for signs of stress.
Check Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid
Wiper blades tend to only last one to two years, so if they haven`t been replaced recently, be sure to replace them before the autumn rains arrive
By following these tips, you will be less likely to have problems this autumn and you will be more prepared for winter.