It's no secret that the summer months can take a toll on our vehicle. The hot summer sun can wear the interior and cause fading to the paint job. It can also cause wear internally, such as breaking down important fluids and wearing down your tires faster. With the extreme heat, it becomes important to care for your vehicle after the summer to identify any potential issues and ensure that your vehicle stays reliable throughout the fall season.
So, what are some ways in which you can care for your vehicle after the summer?
The best thing you can do is bring your vehicle into Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre for a fall maintenance check. This check will inspect all vital systems and identify any faulty parts or low fluids that need to be taken care of. The following items are the most important when it comes to fall vehicle maintenance:
Tires - The summer heat and the increase in driving during the summer months can wear out your vehicle's tires excessively and unevenly. It is important to check that your tires are properly filled and have good tread to keep you safe in the wet weather conditions to come.
Windshield Wipers - Your windshield wipers are super important when it comes to your ability to see through all weather conditions and for cleaning your windshield when it becomes dirty. Windshield wipers typically need to be replaced every 6 months to a year, and they tend to dry out quickly during the summer. Signs that your vehicle may be due for new wipers are skipping, streaking, or tugging when you turn them on.
Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster are important for obvious reasons. The heater is needed to keep you comfortable on the road and the defroster is necessary when it comes to being able to see out your windshield on a cold day. You definitely don't want to reach winter with problems with the heater or defroster, so getting this checked now is key.
Fluids - Your vehicle runs on many different important fluids, and low fluids can mean problems for some of your car's most important systems. Make sure that your fluids are topped off and clean, and that there are no leaks which can lead to system failures.
Brakes - Your vehicle's brakes should always be in top working condition, but a brake inspection before the fall is necessary as we move into wetter weather conditions.
Lights - The days become shorter during the fall and winter, so lights are vital during this time. Check that all exterior lights work properly and fix any coverings that look scratched or yellowed.
We hope that these fall maintenance tips will help you keep your vehicle running at its best this season. If you're due for a fall inspection, we invite you into our shop here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre today!