Autumn brings with itself some incredibly beautiful scenes. Unfortunately, autumn isn’t the season your car loves. With autumn come rainy days, windy and cold evenings, and sometimes, icy roads. Here are three ways you can prepare your car for the upcoming fall.
- Replace the Wiper Blades
Wiper blades are one of the most crucial components of a car. Unfortunately, they are also the most neglected. The functionality of wiper blades is affected by their usage as well as the weather conditions. Warm and humid summery days harm wiper blades as much as their continuous usage during rains. Prepare your car for the fall season by replacing your wiper blades.
When do you know it’s time to change your car’s wiper blades?
This is an important question with an easy answer. It’s time to replace your wiper blades when they start leaving moisture on the windscreen. Similarly, if you continually hear a constant whirring from your wiper blades, take it as a sign of wear and replace them. It’s crucial to replace wiper blades to maintain your car well. The plastic or metal arm of wiper blades is enclosed in rubber or screen covering to protect the glass from any harm. When this top coating wears off, the plastic or metal inside establishes direct contact with the glass, leading to a damaged windshield.
Replacing wiper blades is quite easy. Go to your nearest local auto parts store and pick a pair that matches your car. Hire a professional to do the job.
- Replace the Tires
If wiper blades are one of the essential components of a car, the tires are most certainly the most crucial component of a car, especially during the fall season. While driving on icy roads, your car’s tires are its best friend. Thus, fall is the season to check on your car’s tires.
Sometimes, during fall, tires start looking deflated. You shouldn’t worry too much about this. When temperatures drop, the pressure inside the tires decreases, leading to tires looking deflated. However, if the tire treads are looking bad, you must change the tires immediately.
Is it time to replace your tires?
There is a straightforward trick that can help you answer this question. It’s called the Lincoln Head Penny Tire Test. Take a penny and insert it into the tire’s groove with the Lincoln head upside down. If you can see the whole Lincoln head, you must immediately replace the tires because your tire treads have become shallow and worn. Good treads are vital as they provide the grip needed to drive a car during adverse weather conditions, such as those witnessed during fall.
- Check All Fluids and Replace the Coolant
During fall, when the temperature drops, the various fluids in the car become viscous, leading to the slow movement of liquids to the engine. Thus, every fall, check all the fluids and replace them, if needed. This is especially true of coolants, which are necessarily a mix of water and coolant. During summers, the amount of water should be higher than the amount of coolant in the mix. During winters, the ratio of water to coolant should be 40:60, respectively.
It’s crucial to maintain your car well. These three handy tips will keep you and your car safe during autumn.
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