As the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp, it’s time to prepare your vehicle for the fall season. Getting a jump start on these seven fall maintenance tasks will ensure that your vehicle is road ready, and you have a safe and enjoyable fall season.  In this month’s blog post, we cover seven maintenance tips that you can easily complete to ensure that your vehicle is ready for fall weather driving.

Here are the top seven maintenance tasks that are crucial for keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Check Your Tires

Why? Tire pressure can drop along with the temperature, affecting your vehicle’s handling and fuel efficiency. Worn-out tires can also be dangerous on wet, leaf-covered roads.

How? Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure of all tires, including the spare. The recommended tire pressure is usually found in your vehicle’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door.  Visually inspect your treads and make sure the tread depth is appropriate and you also have no bald or damaged spots on your tires.  If your tires are worn out, consider replacing them.

Test Your Battery

Why? Cold weather can be tough on your vehicle’s battery. A weak battery might leave you stranded.

How?  You can get your battery checked at any reputable service station.  Make sure it is holding the charge.  If it’s weak, replace it.

Replace Windshield Wipers

Why? Fall often brings rain and wet leaves that can stick to your windshield. Good wipers are essential for clear visibility.

How? If your wipers are leaving streaks or missing spots, it’s time to replace them. Most wipers can be replaced easily by following the instructions on the package.  Don’t forget any rear window wipers that need replacement as well.  While you are replacing the wipers, make sure to replenish your wiper fluid.

Check Your Brakes

Why? Wet or icy roads require good stopping power, especially when the roads are slick, or you are driving in areas with schoolchildren or active wildlife.

How? Listen for any unusual noises when you apply the brakes. If you hear grinding or squeaking, or if the car pulls to one side, have a professional inspect your brakes.  Brakes are such an important safety item that should never be ignored.

Change Your Oil

Why? Regular oil changes are one of the most important maintenance tasks. They keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently.

How? Check your vehicle’s manual for the recommended oil change interval. If it’s time, either change the oil yourself or take your vehicle to a professional.

Check the Fluid Levels

Why?  There are other fluids that are important to your vehicle, such as transmission, steering, antifreeze, and brakes.

How?  Check your vehicle’s manual for the recommended change intervals on other fluids. If it’s time, either change the fluids yourself or take your vehicle to a professional.

Inspect Your Lights

Why?  Time changes mean earlier darkness, and you want to be able to see the road and ensure other drivers see you as well.

How?  Ask a friend or family member to provide feedback while you run through the various lights of the vehicle – the headlights, high beams, brake lights, and turn signals.

Remember, regular maintenance not only extends the life of your vehicle but also keeps you safe on the road. So this fall, take some time to give your vehicle the care it deserves.  If you would like your fall maintenance items handled by professionals, contact us at Campus Repair to schedule an appointment.