The early months of fall are the ideal time to enjoy the foliage, prepare for the holidays, and yes….do a bit of auto maintenance. To make sure you have a place to start when you care for your vehicle, we have pulled together maintenance tips for you.
Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Car or Truck
Check the Tires
The Pacific Northwest rainy season will soon be in full swing, so you will want your tires ready for the wet roads. Check the tread on your tires. An age-old tip for this is to insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into your tire tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire. While you are examining your tires, be sure to check the tire pressure. Also, throw your chains into the back of the vehicle. You’ll need them before you know it, especially if you’re headed into the mountains.
Check the Battery
Your vehicle’s battery should be fully charged and make sure the connections are clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Cold weather puts batteries under stress so if your battery is not up to par the cooler weather could push it over the edge.
Check the Windshield Wipers
Your wiper blades are vital to safe driving in the rain. The rubber from the blades should be flexible and free of cracks. Blades that leave streaks, skip sections of your windshield, or make a stuttering sound while in use need to be replaced.
Check the Heater and Defroster
Make sure your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are all ready for extra wintertime use. Check filters to make sure they are free of debris and replace as needed.
Check the Fluids
Before we roll into winter you want to make sure your fluids are clean and filled to the minimum safety level. This includes coolant, washer fluid, and fluids for transmission, break and power steering.
What’s that you say? You’d rather take a walk through the crisp autumn weather instead of working on your car or truck? No problem. The team at Scott Sherman Auto Care is here to help. We offer our Fall Special just for you. Just give us a call at 206-745-5886.