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Fall brings us shorter days and crisper air, and pumpkin spice everything. It also ushers in the season of rain and cooler temperatures and warns us that winter isn’t far behind. Fall is the perfect time to take care of routine maintenance on your car and make sure it is up to the changing seasons’ challenges.
Do a tread check to make sure that your tires will still be gripping the roads when they are slippery from the rain. Check the tire pressure and fill them with air to the manufacturer’s specifications. Walk around the vehicle and make sure that the tires are wearing evenly. Uneven wear is a warning sign that you may need a rotation. And while you’re looking at the tires, don’t forget to check on the spare. You want it in tip-top condition in case of emergency.
Run the wipers over a wet windshield and observe. You want the wipers to completely clear the windshield in a smooth motion without leaving patches behind or making strange noises. Visually inspect the wiper blades for any cracks or irregularities that get in the way of a clean sweep.
Cold weather can be tough on batteries. It’s good to check the strength in the fall with a battery test since most battery failures happen without any warning. A battery test will identify weaker batteries that should be replaced before winter. Fall is also the time to make sure the battery connections are tight, clean, and free of corrosion.
You have been running the air conditioner for months, but fall is the time to make sure the heater works when you need it. Let a trained professional inspect the HVAC system from the heater to the defroster to the seat warmers to pinpoint any potential problems that could show up when it’s cold.
Fall is the time to stock the car with items like hats, gloves, and a blanket for warmth. Pack bottled water and non-perishable snacks as well. And don’t forget a flashlight with fresh batteries and an ice scraper.
Our expert service technicians at Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Cedar Creek in Gun Barrel City, TX are here to help you with all your Fall and Winter automotive needs. From safety inspections to replacement parts, we will ensure that your vehicle is ready for the changing seasons. From the tires to the wiper blades to fluids and more, you can trust us to keep you road-ready.
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