With fall coming up fast, there’s a few things you should checkoff your vehicle maintenance list.
We’ll take you through the most pressing issues to keep you on the road and safe for the upcoming season.
Fall in Texas means rain, and if your wipers are leaving smears on your windshield, it’s time to replace them. The purpose of wipers is to completely clear the windshield and if your blades are cracked or worn, they’ll leave you with large spots of obstructed sight. With rainy weather comes slick roads and you want to be able to see clearly as far as possible to avoid an accident.
When the weather gets cold a fully-charged battery is necessary to get your vehicle started. Following summer, your battery is at its most vulnerable. The battery contains liquid and high temperatures will cause it to evaporate. Low fluid levels will damage the internal structure of the battery. One reason dead batteries are often associated with cold weather is colder temperatures increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over. That means the battery has to work harder. Have it checked by a professional to ensure you won’t be stranded by a dead battery.
With the sun setting earlier and earlier every night, visibility becomes more and more important. Your headlights let you see the road as well as inform other drivers as to your location on the road. Inspect all bulbs – headlights, parking lights, blinkers, hazards, brakes, reverse lights. Change any non-working bulbs and make sure the lights are clean to improve illumination. If you have an older vehicle with sealed-beam headlamps, you might want to invest in halogen lamps for dramatically improved visibility.
Inclement weather and associated hazards require excellent stopping power. If your tires have wear bars showing, they need to be replaced. If your brakes squeak, that’s a warning sign that they need to be replaced. Having a professional inspect them both will provide you with the peace of mind that you can stop quickly when necessary. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure as colder temperatures will cause it to drop.
Practicing regular vehicle upkeep and maintenance will help you avoid some costly repairs or even a major accident. If you’re unsure of how to check any of the above, feel free to schedule a service at Henna Chevrolet.
Be safe out there!