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No matter what time of year it is or where you live, as the seasons change, so do road conditions. Even those who live in temperate or warmer climates need to take into account the changing elements, as well as the effect those elements have on their vehicles. Regular and routine maintenance will not only help to improve your gas mileage and reduce your vehicle’s emissions, but it can help you catch minor problems before they become large and costly repairs down the line. So, keep reading to learn how to prepare your vehicle for fall and winter from the pros at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission!
First and foremost, take a look at your owner’s manual and get familiar with your car manufacturer’s recommended services schedules. Keeping up with your vehicle’s regularly scheduled maintenance schedule can be taken care of by a trustworthy auto repair shop, regardless of the season.
Other than taking your vehicle in for its regular maintenance and checkups, there are other cold-weather maintenance checks to do. Make sure all the dirty filters in your vehicle are replaced. This includes air, fuel, and PCV filters, which helps your engine run more efficiently and burn less fuel over time. You’ll also want to have your oil and oil filter changed out. This should happen even more frequently if your driving and travel has you stopping and going often, or you take many short trips.
You should also look into having your cooling system flushed and refilled as recommended in your owner’s manual. This should be checked periodically to ensure that the coolant level hasn’t dropped to low and to see if it needs to be changed out. If you plan on doing this part yourself, a 50/50 solution of water and antifreeze is what most cars use. Just make sure that you don’t attempt to remove the radiator cap until your engine is completely cooled!
Also make sure that your heater, defroster, and windshield wipers are all in good condition. Your windshield wipers should be switched out around every six months, or when you see they are brittle, cracked, or broken. And stock up on windshield washer fluid, since you may use more of it than you usually do in the colder months. It’s also imperative that you have your battery checked and replaced if necessary, as well as all the lights and bulbs in the vehicle. Getting stranded out in the middle of nowhere isn’t ideal, but it’s even worse in cold weather.
Lastly, to fully prepare your car for the fall and winter, you’ll need to thoroughly inspect your tires, brakes, and transmission. Worn tires are dangerous at best, and deadly at worst. Check your tires for tread depth, uneven wear and tear, and any cuts, nicks, or chunks missing from the walls of your tires. You should also have them regularly rotated as needed, and to check the air pressure monthly, including your spare! Along with your tires, you should also have your brakes and transmission examined by an experienced auto mechanic you trust, so you can ensure that you’re ready for anything.
It doesn’t matter if you need regular preventive maintenance or detailed and extensive auto repair, the team at American Five Star Auto Repair is only a call away! If you find yourself in need of a full vehicle fluids check or something as simple as an oil change, our team is here to help. At American Five Star Auto Repair, we love helping you to take care of your vehicle, which includes whatever you use your car for! To schedule an appointment for auto repair or preventive maintenance, make anappointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!