The autumn season is often associated with falling leaves, crisp air, and earthy tones. It’s also the perfect time of year for some vehicle maintenance. When it comes to regular service, the change of the leaves should serve as a reminder that your car may need some fall care. Whether preparing for the winter or simply preventing breakdowns, there are several fall maintenance tips to keep in mind.
The electrical system is often the first to go in cold temperatures. While the mercury might dip in the fall, the looming winter makes it especially important to check your battery. You can check it yourself by looking at the expiration date and spot checking for corrosion or loose connections. A professional can check the charge to let you know if it’s time for a replacement. Nothing is worse than getting stranded in the wintertime, so act now and prevent a disaster.
Top Off Fluids
You should always check fluids at least twice a year, if not more. This includes the antifreeze/coolant, oil, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering. If you notice that any of these fluids are especially low, you might have a leak. Visiting a professional could prevent serious damage and expensive repairs down the road. However, low brake fluid can mean the brake pads simply need replaced. Finally, consider changing out ordinary wiper fluid for a de-icer solution for the winter.
Check Your Tires
Tire pressure can dip in cold temperatures—in fact, every ten-degree drop will lower air pressure by 1 psi. While that might not sound like a lot, it can add up over time. Low tire pressure can lead to increased friction, lower fuel economy, and added wear and tear. You should also check tires for tread wear. Are there any bulges, cracks, or bald patches? These can be signs of deeper issues. Regular wear is also a concern. Turn a penny upside down and stick it in the tread. If you see above Abe’s head, it’s time for new tires.
For the fall, be sure to check your battery, top off fluids, and examine tires. If you have any issues, feel free to schedule an appointment at Nissan of Clinton. Regular service is one of the best ways to maintain performance and fuel economy, and it can also extend the life of your car. What are you waiting for? Stop by today.