Summer is rapidly leaving, and Autumn and winter are right around the corner. This means its time to get your vehicle ready for the harshness that Mother Nature throws at us every year. There are a few things you can do to make sure your car is ready for the cold, especially if you live in the north where it gets particularly chilly. Here are 5 of the best things you can do to make sure your car is ready for Fall.
Heaters and Defrosters
Fall is when everything starts getting colder. Autumn morning frosts can come out of nowhere, so its important you have a properly working heating and defrosting system. Driving with a frosted over windshield is dangerous, and without a working defroster there’s not much option besides calling a cab.
Fall brings rain and mud in abundance. Make sure your wipers are streak and squeak free. It’s best to have them checked early rather than finding out they don’t work in the middle of a dangerous situation like a thunderstorm, or when a semi splatters mud on your windshield on the highway.
There’s a general rule that as the weather gets colder you should switch to a lighter weight oil in the winter time. In the summer months it’s good to use heavier oil because the excess heat thins it out. In the winter there’s not so much heat so lighter oil keeps things flowing. You should get your oil changed every 300-7000 miles, so when you do consider switching to lighter oil this Fall.
Weather is one of the most crucial things that can wear your tires down. Heat can cause the rubber to lose strength as well as cause the air pressure inside to go up so as cooler temperatures set in it’s a good idea to check for cracks and wear spots before something bad happens
It sounds counter intuitive to make sure your cooling system is in working order before some of the coldest months of the year, but the truth is that your car’s cooling system does a lot of work in the fall and winter. Colder temperatures means that your engine has to work harder to produce the same effects it did in summer meaning more heat and stress. Your coolant system has to function harder to keep up as well. Have a mechanic flush and fill your coolant system before things get really cold.
Winter can be a difficult time of year to drive. Rain, snow, cold, and unprepared drivers can lead to all kinds of bad situations, but being prepared can give you a leg up on the other drivers and keep you safe this fall and winter season.