The fall months bring a different set of challenges than other seasons that you have to prepare your car to handle. The weather goes from post-summer comfort to cold and icy. The roads become unpleasant and even dangerous for drivers. It is necessary to take extra precaution and prepare your car for the fall months to ensure your safety and your car’s survival through that period.
Check and Change Your Fluids
When fall approaches, you want to ensure that all your car’s fluids are clean, tanks are topped off and your car is ready for the cold temperatures ahead. Cold temperatures cause the fluids in your car to change and become thicker, which can slow their movement through your car’s engine. Give particular care to your coolant, draining and replacing it, since the water to coolant ratio changes with temperature spikes and dips. According to the Automotive Training Center, during the winter, the correct water to coolant ratio is usually 60% antifreeze to 40% water, and in a very cold climate, a 70% antifreeze to 30% water ratio may be more suitable.
Check Your Tires
Tires are important components of your car, and before the cold temperatures arrive, you want to ensure that you have the right tires and that they are in solid condition. You want tires with good traction that can stand up to cold-weather road conditions, from heavy snow to black ice. Check your tires, and if there are one or more grooves that are less than 2/32 of an inch deep, you may need new tires. A deflated tire is a good indication that the air pressure in your tire has dropped, which is a result of a change in the temperature. For every 10 degrees that the outside air temp drops, the pressure inside your tires will drop about 1 psi (pound per square inch).
Check the Oil
It is important to get an oil change at the recommended oil change interval. It’s typically a good idea to get an oil change before the cold sets in, particularly if you’re doing it yourself. Cold temperatures thicken the motor oil, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Even if you plan on storing your car for the cold season, it’s important to change your oil and filters before letting it sit for that period of time.
Check the Brakes
A brakes check is important when the fall season is approaching because they are essential for safe driving. More problems with brakes tend to arise when the temperature drops; it can cause your brake rotors and pads to wear out faster. Grinding and squeaking noises are good indicators of frozen brake lines, caused by the cold air. It is important to get your brakes checked before getting well into fall. Cold weather heightens brake problems since the roads have the potential of becoming slippery from snow and ice. Listen for unusual noises that may point to failing brake pads.
Get Your Car Ready for Fall at Everett Transmission!
If you have decided that yoour car needs professional work before the Fall weather kicks into full effect be sure to contact us. Feel free to request an appointment or give us a call at 617-387-9558 to learn more!