The summer is nearly gone and the kids are back in school, work is busy, and the fall and winter seasons are ahead of us. The summer is notorious for excessive driving, so it is important to make sure your vehicle is in top shape before fall starts to ensure your safety on the road. Before the rainy season starts, take the time to read through our list of end of summer maintenance tips to make sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the upcoming colder months.
Check your windshield wipers - Windshield wipers are crucial for the upcoming rainy seasons and should be in good condition at all times. Wipers should be replaced once a year, so if it has been a while since your last replacement, your car is due for new wipers. Worn out wipers can be dangerous when you’re hit with unexpected rain while driving and can severely impair your ability to clearly see the road.
Inspect your tires for tread - Take a look at your tires - how does the tread look? Do the top of the tires look nice and rigid, or do they look bald and smooth? Tires that are smoothed down and lacking tread become dangerous for driving, especially in the rain where tread is essential. If you’re unsure if your tires are safe, have your local auto repair shop take a look. Any tires that have uneven wear or have very low tread should be replaced before the fall season.
Headlights - A quick check of your vehicle’s headlights and other exterior lights are a good measure to take before the fall comes around. The days will start to become shorter and you will find yourself driving in darker skies more often. Be sure that your headlights are bright and clear and that your blinkers and brake lights are all working properly.
Heater and defroster - A thorough inspection of your vehicle’s heating and defrosting system is important when it comes to preparing for colder months. Your vehicle’s heating system will help make your vehicle comfortable while driving and the defroster will be necessary to have a clear view of the road. A HVAC system inspection by your local auto mechanic will give you peace of mind that all is in working order.
Fuel and air filter replacement - When we drive during the summer, our vehicle’s air filters tend to get dirtier with more use of our vehicles and the warmer weather. Before the fall and winter seasons, it is important to take a look at your fuel and air filters and replace them if needed.
Vehicle inspection - A proper vehicle inspection performed by your local trusted mechanic is always a great way to get your vehicle in shape for fall. They will complete a full inspection of your vehicle and determine any issues that may need to be addressed before riding into the next season.
We hope that these end of summer maintenance tips will be helpful in making sure that you and your family stay safe on the road this upcoming fall season. If you’re in need of a trusted mechanic in the Lowell area, give our experts a call here at NWA Car Clinic at (479) 316-4234. We can help with all of your vehicle’s needs, especially when it comes to getting your vehicle ready for the next season.