Time for Fall Car Care

Cooler weather has come to town this week, refreshing us with brisk mornings and the joys of unpacking our sweaters from storage. Though temperatures may get warmer again before the start of winter in December, we know that they will be lowering over the next few months. Now is the perfect time to check your vehicle's preparedness for the upcoming season. Rather you prefer self-maintenance or having a professional assist, be sure to add this to your to-do list. Your car will thank you and so will future you!

We recommend regularly going over your vehicle, checking fluid levels, inspecting for damage, and maintaining recommended maintenance schedules regularly. These are our top 5 recommended car care tips for Fall. 

1. Check the tires.
Take a glance at your tires' tread depth--with chances of snow/ice in winter, you'll want to make sure you have good grip. For areas with snow or ice regularly, consider a set of winter tires. Next, examine tires for wear and tear like bulges or bald spots or uneven wear, which could be a sign it's time for an alignment. Lastly, check to make sure your tire pressure is correct. When temperatures drop, so does tire pressure, so be sure to check this regularly during colder months. Most vehicles have a sticker in the driver's side door jam with the PSI required for your tires. Be sure to read front and back, as some do differ. If the driver side sticker is faded or missing, check the manual or set up an appointment so we can help you! Bonus points for checking your spare! Is it inflated properly and do you have the tools in your car in case you need to use it? 

2. Lights
Fall brings earlier nightfall, foggy mornings, as well as rainfall/snowfall. Lights give your car visibility --and not just for you, for other drivers as well! Check all lights are functional: headlights, brake lights, fog lights, hi-beams, and taillights. Check flashers and signal lights. Once you have confirmed all lights are in working order, inspect the clarify. Dirty lights result in a cloudy, less bright light. To ensure your safety and safety of other drivers, make sure lights are working and give clear light. 

3. Windshield Wipers
Though winter isn't the only season we see rainfall, you will want to be prepared for rain and snow when it starts. Tell-tale signs you're due for a new set of wipers include streaks that remain during or after use, sections of the windshield aren't getting clear, or visible wear on the wiper blades. Rubber-clad wiper blades are great for winter because they help to fight ice build-up. Be sure to check front wipers and rear if equipped. While inspecting windshield wipers, be sure to check wiper fluid levels and perhaps place an ice-scraper in the car just in-case!

4. Oil
Be sure to keep up with regular oil changes. Newer Subaru models use synthetic oil, which can be changed every 6,000 miles or 6 months. If you're unsure the type of oil in your vehicle, contact one of our Service Advisors today!
 
5. Battery 
Have your battery tested! Cold temperatures slow down the chemical reactions, which can cause more work for the battery. Testing batteries we recommend leaving to professionals, but you can (carefully) remove debris from the outside of the battery. Using eye protection and rubber gloves, gently scrape away corrosion. Battery acid and corrosive materials should not come in contact with skin or eyes.
 

To be prepared for any situation, keep an emergency kit prepped for the cold season in your car. Some recommended items include: jumper cables, flashlight and batteries, reflective triangles and vest, first aid kit, drinking water, non perishable foods (granola or high energy foods like nuts or dried fruit), car charger for your car, rain poncho, spare blankets/clothes/gloves/hat, tool kit, road maps, duct tape, multi-purpose tool, ice scraper

Let us know in the comments what your Emergency Kit has stocked, what your Fall Car Care Check-up includes and if you prefer to DIY or bring it in!


 
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