We are in the middle of the fall season, which means that the weather is getting colder, the rain will soon be falling, and the leaves are starting to change color. When the seasons change, it becomes critical to keep an eye on our vehicles and to make sure that we are getting any maintenance or services done so that we can drive safely in the changing environment. With wetter roads and colder temperatures comes new challenges for our vehicles, and there are certain ways that you can help guarantee safe travels wherever you go this fall.
The following maintenance items are important when it comes to getting your vehicle in tip-top shape for fall:
Test Your Brakes
Driving in wet conditions requires the best working brakes, so having your brake system tested now will help you stay safe through winter.
Replace Windshield Wipers & Wiper Fluid
You never know when you'll have to deal with rain, and finding that your wipers don't work during a rainstorm can be very dangerous. Windshield wipers typically dry out over the summer, which is why you may have trouble with them during the first rainfall. Wipers that are skipping, squealing, or spreading around rain can hinder your vision and put you at risk for an accident.
Inspect Your Tires
Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through the liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI.
Test Your Heater/Defroster
Driving in chilly weather can be unbearable, so testing your heater and defroster will keep you comfortable throughout fall and into winter. A bad heater can also mean trouble for your engine, so getting any heating or defrosting issues taken care of will save you both time and money.
Get a Car Wash
Summer leaves our vehicles looking dusty and dirty, and dirty windows can make it hard to see during the darker months. Make sure to have your vehicle washed before getting on the road and keep it clean throughout the season.
These are just some of the most important maintenance items to take care of now that it is the fall season. If your vehicle is due for its yearly fall maintenance check, we invite you into Sherman Oaks Exclusive for an inspection today!