Car Care Tips as Fall Weather Returns

Car CareWith the summer quickly coming to an end, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is ready to go into the cooler seasons. Many drivers don’t think about the stresses that are put on a car during the summer. Most people drive more or take their car on at least one long road trip. The hot weather can wear down certain parts, especially when combined with numerous start/stops and short trips when the engine is not running as efficiently. It is also a good idea to do some preventative maintenance heading into fall to make sure you’re prepared for the changes in weather.

Below is a list of common parts and systems that should be serviced (or at least checked on) before the end of summer. If you need work done or just want a check-up, visit Cumberland Dodge in the Middle Tennessee area.

  • Headlights and Taillights – As the days get shorter you will inevitably be driving in the dark, more. It is important that your headlights and taillights are in working order so that you can both see and be seen by other drivers.
  • Wiper Blades – The summer heat, combined with less use can really do bad things to your wiper blades. Be sure to check these and replace them as needed. You don’t want to get caught in a rain or snow storm without good wipers.
  • Battery – Batteries last a long time and are often forgotten about, but heat is one of the most damaging things for battery life. Be sure to check fluid levels and make sure that the terminals aren’t corroded. Finally be sure to check the voltage.
  • Tires – All the extra driving most drivers do during the summer makes it a good idea to check your tires. Make sure to replace or rotate your tires as needed so that you can get optimal grip in colder months. Even if you don’t have very many miles on your tires they can rot over time. Check for any unusual signs of decay or damage.
  • Brakes – Stopping is important! Be sure to check your brake pads, rotors, calipers, drums, and shoes to see that they are working properly. Letting these parts wear out can be dangerous and should be avoided.

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