Is your vehicle ready for fall?
“Every season warrants its own vehicle checkup to make sure your vehicle is ready for the season ahead,” said Doug McAllister, owner of Douglas Automotive, in Barrington, Fox River Grove, and Crystal Lake.
Fall runs from September through December, so getting an early start on your vehicle’s routine maintenance before a hard winter sets in will keep you in the driver’s seat, rather than trudging away from your broken-down car through a foot of snow.
Don’t forget to change your windshield wiper blades, since you’ll likely be using them more as winter approaches. You should also replace regular windshield washer fluid with one that contains antifreeze.
Replace your engine’s air filter with a new one to keep your engine running smoothly. Another good reason to change it: A dirty air filter will cost you more in gas.
Make sure all lights - headlights, taillights, and turn signals - work. Also, check your battery for corrosion on the terminals and clean them, if necessary. Look to see how old your battery is. Cold temperatures are hard on a fully charged battery, but they can prevent a weak one from starting at all. If it’s four or more years old, consider replacing it.
Tires should have a safe amount of tread on them for inclement weather. Make sure they’re inflated properly, too. Don’t forget your spare tire. Is it properly inflated? You never know when you’re going to need it, especially when the weather turns bad.
Check fluids like antifreeze and brake fluid, and get an oil change, based on your owner's manual recommendations.
The experts at Douglas Automotive can give your car a fall tune-up and make it road-worthy and ready for just about anything Old Man Winter can throw at it.