4 Tips to get your car ready for Fall

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The end of Summer means cooler temperatures and possibly snow, here are 4 quick tips to get your car ready for the Fall and winter months.

Wipers – NAPA recommends that you replace your windshield wipers every 6 months. Depending on where you live, you might need a thicker wiper for the snow and ice of the North. Don’t forget to change out your windshield washer fluid either with de-icer.

Tires – Check the current tires on your vehicle for tread depth, if they need to be replaced, now is the time to do it. We also recommend rotating your tires every other oil change to get equal wear on them. If you live in the North, it’s time to check your snow tires and make sure they are good for another year, if not, it’s time to purchase a new set for the winter.

Battery – The cold winter months take a bill toll on batteries as cold start up draw a lot of energy from the battery to get the engine cranked. Look for buildup on the terminals and make sure to thoroughly clean them. If you have a volt meter, it wouldn’t hurt to check the alternator either to make sure it’s in the 13 to 15 volt range.

Fluids – Check all fluid levels to make sure they’re at adequate levels including your brake fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, transmission fluid and oil levels. Change out your antifreeze to a 50/50 mix and your windshield washer fluid to de-icer if you live in snow prone areas. This will ensure that neither of them freeze up during the cold winter months. 

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