Happy Fall! Now that it is autumn, it means that the leaves are changing colors, and the weather will start to cool down significantly. The days will be shorter and may bring about unexpected rain showers and fog. With all these changes, you need to make proper adjustments to your vehicle to prepare for what's to come.
The summer also probably took a brutal toll on your car. Your fluids may have worn out, and you may put extra wear and tear on certain vehicle parts. You should probably get those patched up before winter rolls around. Here are some of the key maintenance items you should pay close attention to this fall!
You may see more rain in Chicago, IL, this fall. Because of the climate changes, it is so vital to have your tires inspected. Your tires should have proper tread to be able to handle wet roads. Additionally, they should be filled up to the appropriate psi to prevent tire blowouts and uneven wear patterns.
You should definitely top off your fluids at the start of autumn to protect your vital systems. Fluids, such as engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc., need to be adequately filled and clean to function. While you inspect your fluids, be sure to check for any leaks.
For optimal visibility, you'll need a fresh, reliable pair of windshield wiper blades. You should restore wipers that streak, smear, and skip on your windshield. In addition, the summer heat could've warped your blades to the point where they don't sit properly on your windshield.
It's going to get dark out quicker as the sun sets sooner. You'll need to depend on a good pair of bright headlights to ensure you see at night. Please ensure you check your blinkers and brake lights work too, as you'll need others to see you.
Heater and Defroster
With the cooler temperatures, you will need your HVAC system and defroster to function. Not only will you need the heat for a comfortable drive, but you'll need the defroster to clear your windshield and windows.
These are just several of the top maintenance items to take care of before it gets cold in Chicago. You need to put your car first if you want to make it through 2021 with smooth and reliable rides. If you need a proper fall vehicle inspection, we invite you to Thom's Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service today.