Fall is coming and that means cold temperatures, rain, snow and dangerous road conditions are on the way, too. While being a responsible, safe driver is a good thing, that won’t account for much if your car is not in tip top shape. With that in mind, here are six things your mechanic in Salt Lake City, UT should check to ensure your vehicle is ready for fall:
- Battery: Before or at the start of the fall season is a good time to check your car’s battery and charging system, especially since cold weather is not nice to batteries. Another reason to check it out is because auto batteries don’t always give warnings of impending failure. Make sure the connections are clean, on tight, fully charged and free of damaging corrosion. A trained technician can tell if connections need replacing or if the battery is about to die.
- Brakes and tires: If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain during the fall season, you need your car to have adequate stopping power. The roads may be slick or gritty, so good brakes and tires are a must. Ask your mechanic to check the tread in each tire, as well as inspect the tires and braking system for damage. The air in the tires tends to drop when outside temperatures are cool, so check that the tire pressure is at the levels recommend by the manufacturer.
- Heating system: You want to be sure that the heating and cooling units in your vehicle are functioning as they should. They are both important for interior comfort and vehicle safety during the cooler months—such as defrosting the windows and warming up while driving on cold days. Give your heating and A/C test runs now. Consult your mechanic in Salt Lake City, UT if you notice strange smells, odd sounds or a lack of power.
- Wiper blades: Windshield wiper blades are in place to remove water, snow, slush and debris from the outside of the glass. They should completely clear the windshield, giving the driver an unobstructed view out the front. Wiper blades that are cracked or worn won’t do you any good against a rain-soaked windshield. Replace worm blades right away.
- Exterior lights: Ask your mechanic to walk around the outside of your vehicle and check the exterior lights—including the headlights, parking lights, taillights, emergency flashers and brake lights. Although you can do this check yourself, a professional will be on the lookout for not only burned bulbs, but lights that are flickering or fading. They’re also more likely than you to hear and locate sizzling wiring.
- Oil and air filter: Have the oil checked and change it if dirty. The air filter needs to be checked, and possibly replaced, too. Dirty, clogged air filters will hamper proper operation.
Is your vehicle ready for the cooler fall months? Call AMR Auto Repair & Towing today to schedule a service appointment with an expert mechanic in Salt Lake City, UT!
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