Winter and summer generally call for the most attention to car maintenance give the harsh weather conditions both of those seasons experience. But as the leaves change and that nip comes to the air, it’s important to take a look at some vital parts of your vehicle to ensure that they are in good health.
Fall can often mean rainy weather and even snow, so you’ll want to be certain that the parts of your car that are designed to deal with that kind of weather are all in proper working order. A little drizzle can turn into a big problem if your windshield wipers or tires are in bad shape.
Look at tires for signs of uneven wear or other damage.
Uneven wear on tires can point to a couple of potential safety problems. It can mean one or more of your tires are underinflated, your tires are out of alignment, or that one of your tires is out of balance or the wheel is bent.
Listen to and feel your brakes.
Pay attention when braking to be sure they are not making scraping or grinding noises, or that the brake pedal does not feel soft or spongy when depressed. Either of these issues can make braking difficult, which is obviously something you don’t want.
Check your light bulbs and lenses for clarity.
Give your headlight, brake, and fog and hi-beam bulbs and lenses a good check for clarity. In the fall it starts to get dark much earlier, meaning your lights are going to be more important than usual.
Replace your windshield wipers if they are worn, cracked or streak when in use.
There’s not much that is more infuriating than windshield wipers that don’t work properly. Having your vision obscured by ineffective wipers isn’t only annoying, it’s dangerous.
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