Fall maintenance

October 12, 2017

Why Maintenance is Important

  Fall is a great time to get your vehicle in for any maintenance that may need to be done. It is always important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This way you can help to ensure it is the most efficient working order that it can be in. If you are unsure of how often your vehicle should be brought in for inspections, we can help set up a schedule that works.     One component of the vehicle that is commonly overlooked until it is needed is the lights. The lights on your vehicle can increase the visibility when you drive. This is especially important to have good visibility when you drive at night, when the range of vision is greatly reduced. The lights also help for other drivers to see where you are.     The fluids of your vehicle should be checked regularly, especially before any long road trip you might take. The fluids should all be topped off to ensure your vehicle could work at an efficient level. One of the most important fluids to top off is the oil. The oil helps to power your vehicle by keeping the engine cool and lubricated. The washer fluid reservoir should be filled with wiper fluid that is better suited for the colder weather. The washer fluid helps to remove any dirt, bugs, road grime, or any other kind of debris from your windshield. Washing away debris and obstructions from the windshield can help to improve the visibility as you drive.     The windshield wipers should also be inspected before the winter weather comes. It is recommended to replace the windshield wipers at least once a year. If you notice any cracks or tears in the wiper blades, they should be replaced as soon as possible. A blade in poor condition will not be able to clear way precipitation on the window effectively. If you notice any smudges or streak marks that the blades leave behind when they are in use, you should have the blades replaced before winter arrives. If you are unsure about the condition of the wiper blades, you can always bring your vehicle in and we can inspect them for you.     The tires on your vehicle should also be inspected. The air pressure should be checked to ensure it is at the recommended amount. A tire that is underinflated has the risk of blowing out while you are traveling. Tires that are overinflated are more prone to picking up sharp objects that may be on the surface of the roads you travel on. Also inspect the tires for any cracks or puncture marks that might be on it. By having tires in good condition, you can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.