Even though winters are known for exerting a strain on automobiles, fall can be just as hard, especially when the temperatures continue to change. In order to make the car fall ready while preventing problems, there is some particular maintenance tips for this time of year. Let us share some essential car care tips for the fall season.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

During the summer, your AC was used a lot. This can deplete the Freon and put wear and tear on the components.  To ensure you are ready for next summer we recommend servicing this critical part of your car.  We recommend checking the Freon, cabin filters and belts of the AC system.

Check that your cooling system is adequately topped off with coolant and water in the proper proportions. It would be best to keep the air vents free of dust, grime, and debris, as these can obstruct airflow and lead to an overheated vehicle.

Get your oil and oil filter changed

This is especially crucial if you haven’t changed your oil in a while because extreme weather (wet, hot, or cold) can put extra strain on your oil and oil filter. Your oil keeps your engine parts lubricated, while the filter keeps hazardous debris, dirt, and metal fragments out of the oil system. More material is picked up when the filter is clean. The more stuff that is taken up, the cleaner the oil will be. A healthier, happier engine means cleaner oil!

Inspect your tires

Keep a spare tire and inspect your tires for wear and proper inflation every time you fill up your gas tank. Your tire’s contact pad should be square and not too narrow or bulging. Check that the tires are wearing evenly. Over-inflation should be avoided because the increased or decreased temperature (160F) of the asphalt on the highways will increase the PSI by about 10psi. If you need brand new tires (replace at 3/32nds of tread remaining), if below this point, you should consider buying tires.  A quick trick is to use a quarter.  If when placed in the tread upside down you can see the top of Washington’s head you should replace your tires.

Finally, if your A/C system emits an unusual odor, you might try upgrading your cabin air filter for better breathing. It’s advised that you replace your cabin air filter every 15,000 miles. Some cars have difficult-to-reach filters, which may necessitate a visit to your local dealership for repairs.

Remember, don’t wait for an issue to force you to do anything. When you take good care of your automobile, it will take good care of you, and routine maintenance from World Class Auto will help you prevent costly repairs.

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