It is that time of year again, the change of a season. Here in Livonia, Michigan, allow me to share ten practical tips to get your car ready for the fall season. These items might seem basic, but you would be surprised how critical they can be as the weather changes.
Check Your Brakes
At the change of the season, it would help to have your brakes checked for wear and tear. The brake fluid reservoir is located under the hood and should be filled if it appears to be below the recommended fill limit.
Check Your Oil
Every car owner should have their motor oil changed every 3,000 miles as a standard. However, older vehicles with high mileage might need to change the weight of their oil due to the climate change.
Check Your Belts
Fan belts and serpentine belts tend to loosen during the summer season. Due to the constant fluctuation of temperatures, the belts will expand with soaring heat and contract when it gets cool. A sign that you might need to have them replaced is a whistling noise when you start your engine. The prolonged whistling means that you run the risk of having the belts break while the car is in motion. This can lead to engine damage.
Check Your Tires
You should always purchase all-weather tires. Your tires should be rotated with every oil change or at least every quarter to ensure even wear. Take a penny or a dime and place it in between the groove of your tire to determine how much tread you have left. If you can see the face of the president on the coin then your tires are sufficient. If you cannot see the face of the president on the coin then you need to replace the tire immediately. Also, remember to inflate your tires properly. You can find your vehicles suggested Psi level printed on a label on the driver door under the locking mechanism.
Check Your Battery
Depending on the age of your battery, you should get it checked. Many times batteries have a two-year warranty. If you discover that the battery fails to hold a charge, a change in weather could be the final straw. A replacement is necessary and will keep you safe.
Check Your Windshield Wipers
Change your windshield wipers in preparation for a new season. If you were lucky enough not to encounter heavy rains, then you might not be aware that the heat of sun may have damaged your wipers over the course of a season.
Check Your Coolant
Radiator protection is important. Make sure that your coolant is replenished should it appear below the fill limit line.
Check Your Heat
Make sure that your heater and defogger are in proper working order. If your heater is blowing cold air when it shouldn’t, have it checked.
Check Your Lights
Your lights inside and outside of your vehicle need to be in working order as daylight savings time will end in the next couple of months. Replace bulbs where necessary in the tail light, brake light, tag light, and most important headlight should one of your lamps be out.
Get New Floor Mats
You should replace your vehicle carpet mats with all-weather floor mats. It will save you on details as well as preserve the pristine look of your vehicle as it ages.
Of course, for more information on these practical tips, you can contact the professionals over at Kirk’s Auto Care.