The summer is winding down and you might be looking back at some fun road trips you have taken. But something that comes along with those road trips (or even staying close to home) is wear and tear on your car.
Whether you put a lot of miles on your car while traveling or stuck close to home, fall is a great time for a tuneup — especially as colder weather approaches. To learn more about tasks you can do to help your car bounce back from the summer and prepare for winter conditions, read on.
Under The Hood
The first place to start a tune-up is under the hood. Be sure to check the following:
Oil. Staying up to date on oil changes is imperative for the health of your car. You can keep track of your miles, but it is also a good idea to quickly check the oil yourself to make sure it is not too low or discolored.
Wiper fluid. Fortunately, wiper fluid is quite easy to check and fill yourself (or a routine part of professional maintenance). You never know when your windshield might be obscured by dirt or debris while driving and you need to clean it off.
Coolant. This fluid might be difficult to check in your car yourself. However, this fluid is important for keeping your car’s engine the right temperature so be sure it is checked by someone (such as a professional).
Brake fluid. Also difficult to check but important is brake fluid, which improves the efficiency and effectiveness of your brakes in your car. It’s important, especially as road conditions become snowy or slick.
Once you have the car’s fluids checked, you can move on to the exterior of the car.
Basic exterior aspects to check after the summer include the following:
Tires. Like brake fluid, you want to make sure your tires are ready for any road conditions. Be sure to check the tread for wear (to see if you need replacements) and the tire pressure (especially as temperatures change).
Lights and signals. Take a moment to check your headlights, tail lights, brake lights and signals to ensure they are working. Since missing lights can warrant a ticket, it is best to check your lights often.
Windshield wipers. Your windshield wipers deteriorate over time. Even if you didn’t use them too much this summer, check to see how they are working and replace them if necessary. It is best to be prepared with effective wipers, especially in fall/winter weather.
Wax. Since the weather is still warm but not hot, late summer/early fall is the perfect time to wax your vehicle. In addition to making your car look great, the wax coating will also protect your car from the elements.
Now that you have your car topped off and protected, it is time to check the interior.
A long summer can entail a lot of use in your car — and a lot of dirt! It is a good idea to do a “fall cleaning” of your car, which might include detailing the interior.
Finally, the air quality within the cabin is important as you drive. Do you notice any smells? Before you reach for the “pumpkin spice” air freshener, ask your mechanic to see if there are any benign or potentially harmful reasons the interior has a scent.
If you would like a professional to take care of the end-of-summer tune-up on your car, contact us at Living The Dream. We can check everything over from under the hood, to the exterior, to detailing the interior.
We want to make sure you are prepared for a new season. To get started, contact us at Living the Dream Auto Care!