Getting your car ready for spring is hugely beneficial. It increases the car’s longevity and brings down the likelihood of an accident or breakdown during the hot summer months. Help your car recover from winter and transition into summer with these easy tips.
First, check your fluids and top off any that are low. If it’s been more than a couple of months since your last oil change, now is a great time to get one again, and you should also have the coolant checked to see if you might need a coolant flush. Having clean fluids is one of the best ways to keep your car healthy during spring and summer.
Now is a great time to check your tires and brakes, too. If your tires are worn or have any damage, you may want to have them replaced, and you should check the tire pressure and add air if it’s low. Get the tires rotated, balanced, and aligned. Have your brakes inspected by a professional for rust, worn pads, leaks in the lines, and more.
Finally, you should switch out your windshield wipers for new ones, especially if they’re squealing or leaving streaks, and give your car a thorough wash. Pay special attention to the undercarriage to get off any built-up grime.
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The tires supporting your vehicle are one of its most vital assets, so it’s important to consider the unique hazards posed to tires during each season. Here are some fall tire maintenance tips to keep your tires in good shape this autumn:
Be sure to regularly check your tire pressure, especially after long trips and after driving on dangerous roads. Keep them inflated to the indicated amount on the side of your car door or listed in your owner’s manual.
Check out the tread on your tires – which will be more important than ever as you begin to drive through puddles and on slippery piles of leaves.
When you wash your car, pay extra attention to the tires, which may have small twigs, leaves, and other fall sediment wedged into them.
Drive slowly over fall debris, and keep in mind the risk of hydroplaning during fall showers.
Lastly, be sure that your vehicle – and your tires – are being regularly inspected by a professional, to cover anything you may have missed.
How do you keep your tires in top shape during fall? Let us know your ideas in the comments.
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Fall might be your favorite time of year to take a quick cruise around town, gazing at the colorful foliage and wondering why all seasons can’t be this beautiful. But, fall comes with its own fair share of road hazards that make those leaf-peeping tours through the woods just a little more complicated. Here’s our quick-pick of fall driving dangers to watch out for this season:
Let’s start with the most obvious one: the leaves. Everyone loves them. Everyone thinks they’re stunning. But when they fall, they make the roads extra slick, especially after rain. Even when they’re still on the trees, leaves can cause issues: people stare at the pretty picture all around them and not at the road, which can cause accidents.
In the fall, the sun sits lower in the sky, approximately directly in front of your windshield all day long. Maybe not all day long, but more than likely right as you’re commuting to and from work. Don’t take to the road without sun protection, no matter how cloudy and grey it looks at the start of the day.
Rain, Fog, & Frost
Fall is an erratic time of year in terms of weather. Hurricanes off the Atlantic cause atmospheric issues across the US. Fog is common, especially in the morning (don’t use your high beams; it will only reflect off the fog and make things worse). Frost can creep in and surprise you the morning after a balmy, 65-degree day. The weather of autumn is one fall driving danger you do not want to test. Make sure you change your wiper blades and keep an eye on your tire pressure for the safest ride possible.
Too often, the signs of wear and tear on your tires can go unnoticed. Over-worn or bald tires are a major safety risk, and could cause you to lose control of your car at any time, but especially in wet weather. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Replace your tires as soon as you notice any of the following five signs that you need new tires.
Low tread depth. Make sure that your tires’ treads never fall below 1/16-inch in depth. In fact, if you often drive in wet or slick conditions, it’s recommended your tires maintain twice that depth. Check out the old penny trick to quickly and easily see if your tires pass the test.
Tread wear indicator bar. It doesn’t get much easier than this. New tires feature tread wear indicator bars that are built right into the tires. When you begin to see flat rubber bars appear that run perpendicular to the direction of the tread, it’s time to replace those tires.
Sidewall cracks or bulges. Even if your tire’s tread seems to be fine, but you notice cracks or bulges in the sidewall, it’s time for new tires. Cracks and bulges in the sidewall are a sign that your tire is weak, and may even be close to blowing out, so make your way to Warsaw Buick GMC’s service department as soon as possible.
Tire pressure. If you notice that your tires are losing more than one pound-per-square-inch (PSI) per month on average, you may have a leak.
If you notice that your car is vibrating, your tires may be misaligned or out of balance, or you may have suspension issues. Either way, you should have your technician look at it right away. Even if the tires themselves aren’t causing the vibration, they will almost always be damaged by it.