Conducting regular maintenance on your car is a great way to extend your vehicle’s life and keep yourself safe, and it’s especially important to prepare for upcoming seasons. Here are some autumn car maintenance tips for preparing for the inclement weather in the coming months.
One of the most important things to check is your heating system. You probably haven’t used it in a few months, so make sure the heater and the defroster are still working properly. Now is also a great time to replace your windshield wipers, since the rain and snow of the fall and winter months will be hard on them.
Next, check your tires and brakes. If you notice worn brake pads, replace them before they fail you when it really matters on slick roads. Cold weather is hard on your tire pressure, and low tires reduce your traction to the ground, so keep an eye on it as well as how much tread you have.
Finally, make sure your battery is nice and clean and there’s no corrosion. If it has been more than three years since you got a new battery, this is a good time to replace it.