Prep Your Vehicle For The Fall Weather

Published on

September 30, 2018

October is Fall Car Care Month. As fall approaches, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the changing weather. A little preventative maintenance now can save you from some bigger headaches later.

First things first - Read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules. There are usually two schedules listed: normal and severe.

1. Check your cars fluid levels - Keeping an eye on your cars fluid levels can alert you to potential problems or leaks. Checking the normal engine oil, transmission fluid and brake fluids are a great place to start, but don’t forget to check your coolant level and the washer fluid level. Water will freeze on your windshield as the temperature drops, so make sure that your washer fluid is a cold weather formula so you can keep your windshield clear when dirt and grime from the road make it hard for you to see.

2. Apply Rain-X to your windshield - Rain-X can help Improve all-weather visibility, safety and driving comfort for your vehicle. Rain‑X helps improve visibility by repelling rain, sleet and snow.

3. Check your tires - As the temperature drops, your tire air pressures can change dramatically. Air pressure in a tire can drop 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of air temperature drop. Always check your tire temperatures when they are cold, because even driving the car 1 mile can change the air temperature in your tires. This is also a great time to check the tire tread depth. Making sure that your tires have enough tread to tackle the wet road conditions now can ensure that you are ready for evasive maneuvers when needed.

You can do these preventative maintenance activities yourself, or you can always stop by your local Quality Tune Up Shop and have one of our certified technicians check them for you.

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