End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips To Prepare For Fall

Summer Car Maintenance

While it has been a great summer with beautiful weather, fall is rapidly approaching. With the weather turning colder it’s time to close up the pool, put away your patio furniture, and get your vehicle ready for fall and winter. Preventative maintenance is important for every season, though some of the work that needs to be done only applies to certain temperatures, and conditions. Let’s take a look at some end of summer car maintenance tips that can help you prepare your vehicle for fall.

Check Your Battery

The battery in your vehicle is responsible for a number of functions, but most importantly, it is what helps you vehicle start up each day. It is a good idea to have your battery checked periodically to ensure that it is still capable of holding a charge. If it has been a few years since you have had a new battery installed, it might be time to consider something new.

Tire Pressure

Without proper tire pressure, you run the risk of a lot of problems. For example, your tires can’t grip the road as well when they are low on air. Not to mention, you are more prone to having a tire blow out when one or more of your tires is in need of air. You can check your tires yourself using a very inexpensive air pressure monitor. Many vehicles come equipped with tire pressure sensors. They will alert you inside of your vehicle when air is needed in one or more tires. With the roads being more wet and slippery in the fall, this is a very important maintenance tip to follow.

Tire Tread

Staying on the topic of tires, the tread on your tires is very important. A nice, high tread will provide you with ample grip of the road. The lower your tread gets, the less control you are going to have. When rain, slush and snow start to accumulate on the road, you don’t want to be thinking about how unsafe your vehicle is. Have your tread checked now, and replace your tires while there are some good summer sales still going on.

Stock Your Trunk

When the weather is colder outside, you can be at a real safety risk if you end up stalled on the side of the road. Bad weather can also leave you stranded. If help can’t get to you right away, you want to make sure that you have certain items on hand to make the next few hours tolerable. A blanket will help keep you warm if your vehicle can’t run and produce heat. Bottles of water will keep you hydrated. There are small packets that can be used to keep your hands and feet warm in extreme temperatures. Anything that you think would be helpful in the event that you are stranded, make sure you stock it into your vehicle now.

Headlight Maintenance

In the summer months, daylight sticks around for many hours into the evening. In the fall and winter, it tends to get dark by dinner time. Your headlights get used far more often during the fall than they do in the summer, so make sure your lights are in working order. You may need to give them a good cleaning inside and out, to make sure the light is shining outwards enough. Also, replace your bulbs with brighter, whiter options if you aren’t happy with your visibility on the road.

If you are in need of assistance with your fall vehicle maintenance, you can stop down to Camelback Mazda. Our service center is staffed with experienced, and trustworthy employees who can quickly run down a fall vehicle maintenance checklist. You’ll be on your way in no time, ready for the colder weather ahead.

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