Car Maintenance Tips to Get your Car Ready for Fall
When it comes to seasonal car care tips, people often focus on winter and summer. That’s understandable, considering those seasons have the most extreme weather conditions. But, neglecting fall car maintenance isn’t good at all.
To help you address car maintenance items for when the leaves on the trees start to change colors, we’ve put together the following list of tips. Remember, if you need help with any of the following items or anything car related, visit Ford of Upland for outstanding service.
Fall is the perfect time to ensure you can see properly in bad weather. While there are fall storms, the sun also starts setting and rising later, so you’re driving in the dark more often. It’s critical that you see where you’re going, no matter the weather conditions.
First off, check all the lights on your car. It’s a good idea to have someone stand outside while you turn on the signals, reverse lights, hit the brakes, and turn on the headlights/fog lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs so you can see clearly, and other drivers see you.
If the wiper blades are streaking, lift them up and clean the blades with a soft cloth. If they still streak, replace them with new wiper blades. Also, refill the windshield washer fluid reservoir to the top, so you have plenty to keep the windshield glass clear.
As temperatures cool, an aging or dirty battery can become an issue. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere just because your engine won’t start.
Inspect the battery terminals for dirt or any kind of debris. Clean the terminals with a wire brush, removing materials that could prevent the battery from fully recharging as the car runs.
If your battery is three years or older, it’s a good idea to have it checked. Our service department will gladly inspect your battery to ensure it’s still in good working condition or install a new one if necessary.
Hoses and Belts
While you’re under the hood, check out the hoses and belts. Heat during the summer months can cause rubber to age rapidly, making fall a prime time to ensure these essential components are operating correctly.
Look over the belts and notice if there’s any missing sections or cracking. Pay attention to the edges and fraying. Any of these are signs the belts need to be replaced, before your car suffers serious mechanical damage.
To inspect the hoses, first ensure the engine is cold and hasn’t been running for several hours. Look for leaks, especially coolant, near the hoses. Squeeze each hose to check if the rubber is brittle or cracking. Tug on the ends of the hoses to ensure they’re properly attached.
Extreme weather can put a real strain on cars, even diminishing the fluids. After the heat of summer, fall is the time to check all the fluid levels, including the oil, coolant, and transmission. If any of these fluids becomes too low, serious mechanical damage could be the result.
It’s also a good time to think about an oil change. If your car is due for a coolant system flush, have that done as well.
Bring your vehicle in to the service department at Ford of Upland where we’ll give you and your vehicle professional maintenance service.