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.
Winter may not bring as much snow to North Carolina as it does in the Northern United States, but snow and cold weather are certainly not strangers to the Tar Heel State, either. Make sure your car is ready for winter with the following winter maintenance tips.
Heater and defrost. Have our professional service technicians at Nissan of Clinton check and optimize your heating and defrost systems to ensure you stay warm and your windshield stays clear when you are on the road.
Gas tank. It is best practice, especially in the winter, to keep your gas tank as full as possible. Not having enough gas in your tank can result in frozen brake lines, and that is a problem you most certainly do not want.
Brakes. Have our service techs test your brakes and check your brake fluid. Road conditions can get slippery in the winter and traction can be hard to come by—you’ll want your brakes in prime condition should the worst happen.
Tires. To help with the loss of traction, you’ll want tires that can grip the roadway. Make sure your tread isn’t worn too thin, and consider winter tires if you’ll be traveling in snowy areas. Also be sure to regularly check tire pressure, as it drops in colder temperatures.
Have seasonal maintenance questions that you’d like to address before the weather outside changes? Visit Nissan of Clinton today.