With the summer heat, the car maintenance that you may be thinking about is probably things to help prevent overheating and viscosity breakdowns, such as flushing coolant or using a heavier weight oil. The hot days will soon be coming to an end and it will be time to start thinking about other maintenance to get ready for another cold winter. Some of the maintenance you may need to do is change the coolant and check the cooling system, as well as use lighter fluids in northern climates. You may even want to get things like an engine blanket to ensure your car starts on a cold morning. Here are some tips to help you do the fall maintenance your car needs this fall to get ready for winter:
1. Doing The Brakes And Having An Alignment Done For Winter Driving
The brakes are important during the winter months, when you are likely to encounter snow, ice and other winter weather conditions. Now is a good time to have a brake job done with new pads and bleeding the brakes. In addition, you may want to talk with the auto repair shop about doing an alignment for your car to ensure that you are ready for the winter months. This will ensure that your has good handling and brakes for any winter weather that you encounter.
2. Change The Fluids With Lighter Weights When The Temperatures Start To Fall
During the winter months, thicker fluids can cause problems with starting and idling when temperatures drop. This is why it can be a good idea to use lighter weight fluids like oil during the coldest months of the year. You may want to wait until temperatures begin to drop in late fall to change the fluids. Waiting will help ensure your car is protected if there is any unusually hot weather during the early fall months.
3. Have Tires Changed With Winter Tires If Needed And Check To Make Sure You Have Chains
The tires of your car are also important during the winter months. If you live in an area where weather can be bad during the winter, it can be a good idea to have winter tires installed on your car. In addition, you will want to revise your winter emergency kit to make sure you have everything you need. You will also want to make sure that you have a good pair of tire chains for snow and icy conditions that you may encounter this winter.
These are some of the most important things that you need to do this fall to get your car ready for winter. If you need help with repairs and maintenance, contact an auto repair shop like AutoMedics and talk with them about doing some of these tasks to be prepared for a cold winter.Share
2 August 2016
Hello. My name’s Samuel Jacobs. I retired from my job as an auto mechanic last year. During my years as a mechanic, I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some have remained friends to this day. When I was working, there is one thing that I came across at least weekly. That is how uneducated people are when it comes to their vehicle’s tires. Properly cared for tires are crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Without them, your car isn’t going anywhere. If they give out on you while you are driving, there is the potential for serious injury. I’m going to share some tire safety information here. Things like the importance of correct inflation, how to check the tread, when to replace tires, tire rotation, and what to do in case of a blow-out. I hope you find this information to be helpful.