Fall Car Care Tips
Fall Car Care Tips
Fall is just around the corner! And with any change in the seasons, some people would rather it be warm all year round. Either way, you need to take the proper steps to give your vehicle a little TLC in the fall to properly prepare for the winter season. For your convenience, we’ve put together some tips to help you with your car care.
Top 4 Fall Tips
1. Tire Tread and Pressure
As the weather gets cooler, tires can lose pressure (usually one pound of pressure for every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop). If you have summer tires on your vehicle right now, it might be a good idea to switch to all-season tires. Make sure to read your owner’s manual for the outlined tire pressure. For tread, you can always count on the penny method: Simply place a penny into the tread grooves. If you can see Lincoln’s head, your treads are less than the recommended 2/32” of tread depth (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Fall is the ideal time to check your car’s battery, because of the cold weather’s effect on a car battery. Inspect the battery connections and ensure they’re tight, clean and free of corrosion. Additionally, it’s smart to have your battery tested. If it’s more than three years old, it might be time to replace it so you don’t have any surprise battery failures.
3. Heating and Cooling
It’s also important that your car’s heating and cooling are performing well. This is not simply for driver and passenger comfort, but for safety reasons as well, including the need to defrost the windows in winter.
With the days getting shorter, you’ll need to use your lights more often when driving. Make sure all your lights are in working order, including your brake lights. If a bulb is out, be sure to replace it.
If you’d like to learn more or need repairs for your vehicle, contact us today or stop by our dealership 806 Texas 71 W – Bastrop, TX 78602. We look forward to serving our customers near Austin, San Marcos, Elgin and Central Texas.