While Summer may be in full swing as August begins to round the bend, fall is fast approaching bringing completely new driving conditions and temperature ranges your car is going to have to deal with. Ever wondered why most fluids and parts advise you to check them every 90 days?
Well, that’s because as weather conditions change so does your car’s performance. In the heat of the summer, tires can over inflate in the heat. Spring brings rainy conditions, autumn see’s things cool down, and Winter brings the snow. After a long hot summer here are four things you should do to get your car ready for the cooler months.
Replace or Refill All Fluids
Oil, Transmission, Coolant, Brake, and Wiper fluids are the big five fluids you want to check as things get colder. Most mechanics offer a full lube package when you get your oil changed and will refill all of these as needed. With winter coming through, its worth your while to flush and refill your coolant system especially if you live where things dip below freezing.
Replace Your Filters
Your Air, Fuel, Oil, and PVC filters should be replaced every 3 months or so to keep your car running in optimal condition. Dirty filters make your car have to work harder, and clogged filters can seize up a whole system if you’re unlucky.
Rotate or Replace Tires
Autumn and winter mean slick roads. Check your tread depth and make sure your tires are holding air pressure well. Look for wear spots or exposed belts. Rotating your tires can even out the wear patterns to make them last longer, but don’t be afraid to change them if needed.
Check and Replace Your Battery
Battery capacity is affected by cold weather. Your battery won’t pack quite so much power when it’s below freezing as it will when it’s 70 degrees outside. Make sure your battery has enough cold crank amps to get the job done, otherwise you might want to replace it so you don’t get stranded.
Completing these steps will make sure that your car runs like a dream all winter long. If you’re in the Baltimore area stop in at the Thompson Chrysler Dealership and get your car checked today because winter will be here before you know it.