It's officially Fall, and for those of us in Bear, DE, it means preparing for the cold weather. Let's face it; winter will be here before you know it. The most common hazards come along with dropping temps in the rain, fog, and snow. Your car needs a necessary check-up to ensure all its complex systems and tires are in working order. We've put together eight simple maintenance items that you should check off for fall!
1. Change Your Wiper Blades
If your blades are leaving behind streaks, then you need to change your blades. Now is the ideal opportunity to get them swapped out for maximum clarity.
2. Inspect Your Tires
Your tires have the most significant impact on your drive as they are the only part of your car that makes contact with the road. They should have good tread to grip onto the road surface. While you’re checking its tread, be sure to check its pressure as well.
3. Test Your Battery
It's a good idea to get your battery tested for performance so it doesn't leave you stranded in the fall or winter. You may need a replacement or recharge, depending on how your battery tests.
4. Get a Brake Inspection
You should have a professional check out both your front and rear brakes for signs of wear and tear.
5. Ensure Your Heater/Defrosters Work
Once the weather cools down, you'll be relying on your heater and defrosters more often.
6. Inspect All Fluids
Make sure you check all your car's essential fluids, including engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and windshield wiper. Also, examine the quality and consistency of the fluid in case it needs to be flushed.
7. Make Sure Your Lights Work
The days will only become shorter as we approach winter, so you will need to depend on a pair of bright lights to see at night. Not to mention you'll need your tail lights, fog lights, turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights, and interior lights to work too.
8. Inspect Belts, Hoses, and Seals
Your car is made of many rubber and plastic pieces that can wear out quicker than other parts. Be sure to check all these components too!
These are just a handful of things you should do to have your vehicle prepared for Bear's fall and winter. For all your automotive repair and preventative maintenance needs, please do not hesitate to give Fox Run Auto a call at (302) 597-9205 or visit our shop today!