Although the winter can wreak havoc on your car more than autumn, there still are some ways you should prepare your car differently for fall than you would for winter. Since frost and snow are expected in the winter, the streets tend to be more well prepared for unfavorable weather because it is expected. This means that you may be left to your own devices in the fall so we compiled 5 things you can take care of on your own to prepare for the fall.
- Replace windshield wipers: Autumn is also called The Fall for a reason. It’s because everything falls…especially on your car. Whether its leaves, acorns, or sticks, your windshield may find itself covered. It’s smart to replace your wipers to help you clear some of that unwanted stuff from your windshield while you’re driving.
- Check your tires: Autumn brings a lot of rain and slippery roads. You don’t want to find out your tires are low on tread while your sliding across the road. Check how much tire tread is left on your tires. For summer tires is okay to have 3 mm left but winter tires (which you may want to have put on in the fall) should have 4.5 mm left on them before being replaced.
- Change your seals: The fall can be really on hard your car’s seals. This is because during the day when it’s warm, your seals get warm and moisty but if the nights get cold enough these seals can freeze and this can lead to them cracking and breaking. This ultimately leads to a leak in your car.
- Make sure your lights work: It’s so easy to overlook our lights but since it starts to get darker earlier, it’s a really good idea to have a passenger or friend tell you if they see all of your brake lights while you’re applying the brakes.
- Test your electrical components: The season of using more electricity with your car starts in autumn. Soon you’ll need to heat the interior of your car and use your wipers soon. You’ll have to start using your rear window defrosters and want to test if all of your electric mirrors are working. This is when the colder weather slowly settles in so check your battery is a great place to start.
For all of your automotive maintenance needs, call the guys over at Bob’s Auto Repair at (215) 343-1255 and we’ll make sure you and your car are all set for the changing weather ahead.