The fall months bring a different set of challenges than other seasons that you have to prepare your car to handle. The weather goes from post-summer comfort to cold and icy. The roads become unpleasant and even dangerous for drivers. It is necessary to take extra precaution and prepare your car for the fall months to ensure your safety and your car’s survival through that period.
Check and Change Your Fluids
Ensuring that all your car’s fluids are clean, and tanks are topped off is crucial when making sure that your car is ready for the cold temperatures coming. Colder temperatures can make the fluids in your automobile change and become thicker. When this happens their movement through your car’s engine is slowed. For this reason, you should make sure to give special care to your coolant by making sure to drain as well as replace it, since the ratio of water to coolant changes with the rising and falling of the temperature. In addition to this, another fluid that should be addressed is the car’s oil. This is important to do at the recommended oil change interval for your vehicle. It’s considered a good idea to complete an oil change before the chill arrives, particularly if you’re doing it yourself, although this is true even if you visit a professional for assistance. Colder temperatures cause the motor oil to thicken as discussed earlier. This makes it more difficult for the engine to turn over throughout the colder months.
Check the Brakes
One of the most essential things to check off of your safety checklist is a brake review. The reason why it is so important to conduct a review of the condition your brakes are in is that they are essential for safe driving. Brake pads, as well as rotors, tend to wear out faster as more problems with brakes take place during months where the temperature is low. Frozen break lines that are caused by cold air can make themselves known due to the grinding and squeaking noises that produce.
It is important to get your brakes checked before the Fall season begins. The reason for this is that cold weather increases the likeliness of brake problems since the roads have the potential of becoming slippery from a variety of hazards. The hazards people usually consider the most dangerous are snow and ice, although a batch of wet leaves that have recently fallen off a tree can pose just as much as a threat. This is why it is important to listen for unusual noises that may point to failing brake pads and stay ahead of any concerns.