7 Maintenance Tips for the Fall
It’s that time of year again, when the weather cools down and the change in season begins to affect more than just your Autumn wardrobe. These changes can also have an affect on the overall performance of your car.
It’s a good idea to start prepping your vehicle now for the coming winter months. While caring for your car between routine maintenance checks, there are a few things those of us here at Mancari’s suggest you look out for to help keep it in tip-top condition.
The purpose of your battery is to help power your car. But sometimes, the battery terminals and cable ends become corroded or the connections get dirty over time. When this happens, simply take a wire brush, disconnect the cables and clean them off. If the problem persists, have a mechanic take a look at the battery and replace if needed.
Because wiper blades help remove particles from the windshield, it’s easy to tell when they’re no longer in working condition. They have the tendency to become cracked and worn. Start by checking the rubber on the blade to make sure it’s flexible and can clear the class. If not, try replacing them.
Most of the time we may not know if a taillight is out until we’re being pulled over by the police. To avoid the unnecessary drama, make it a point to do a routine check of all your lights – head lights, taillights, emergency flashers, parking lights and brake lights. Any bulbs that are no longer working should be swapped out for new ones.
Even though you may not be a mechanic, it’s still a good idea to check under the hood to identify what needs to be changed or fixed. Hoses that feel brittle or soft should be replaced, while cracks, leaks or loose clamps in the cooling system require immediate attention. Frayed drive belts should be changed. If you hear noises coming from the engine, it’s time to enlist the services of a mechanic.
Normal wear and tear on tires is common. But safe driving requires that they be in good condition at all times. With routine maintenance, you can increase the life of your tires. Experts suggest inspecting them at least once a month. Check for obvious signs wear and tear. If you have less than 1/8 inch of tread left, it’s time to replace your tires.
Make it a point to change the oil in your car at least every 3,000 miles. Without proper lubrication, the parts in your engine can begin to rub together, creating unwanted heat and friction. This can soon lead to major problems with the engine. If you’re not sure how to change your oil, ask your mechanic.
Windows have a tendency to fog up when it’s cold outside. To avoid potential accidents due to poor visibility, check your front and rear defrosters before you get on the road to make sure they’re in good, working condition.
Those were just seven maintenance tips for keeping your vehicle in tip top shape. At Mancari’s in Oak Lawn, we have a wonderful service department that can help you with your vehicle maintenance. We can perform routine maintenance, or we can help if there’s a bigger issue occurring. You can schedule a service appointment online to get your vehicle running the way it should.