What to do to get my vehicle ready for fall?

September 19th, 2020 by

The Autumn Auto Tune-up Checklist
When it comes to fall, it’s important to make sure your car or truck is ready for it. And while we here in the Southwest may not get as cold or have as much rain or snow as our northern neighbors, it’s still important to make sure that your car is ready for the season.

Here’s how to get your vehicle ready for fall and winter.

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Wipers and Wiper Fluid
This might seem like one of those obvious ones, but many people forget about them. Having good wipers when it gets rainy or snowy is a must. If your wipers are just smearing things, it’s time for some new ones. In general, go for the high-quality wipers. They’re more expensive, but last much, much longer. Also, don’t forget to fill up on some temperature-appropriate wiper fluid.

Again, with all the rain and snow that many places see in the winter, having good tires is a godsend. Poor traction is a huge cause of accidents in inclement weather. So, if you have a set of winter or aggressive all-weather tires, make sure to get them installed before the end of fall.

Alongside the traction you get from your tires, you should also make sure your brakes are working properly. If you haven’t changed the pads, rotors, or calipers in a few years, it may be time to do so. And if you have ABS, it’s worth making sure that the system is working probably before the roads are slick with rain or snow.

Being stranded with a dead battery in the middle of winter is quite common. We recommend getting your battery tested to make sure it can handle the local temperatures without failing. Also, you should definitely invest in some jumper cables if you don’t already have some.

Oil and Oil Filter
If your vehicle is due for an oil change and you live somewhere where it gets close to or below freezing, then your vehicle may need a lower viscosity oil. This isn’t as common in modern cars, but if you own anything from the early 2000s (or older), then you’ll need a lower viscosity oil to help with wear protection and cold starts.

Want it All Done in One Go?
If your ride needs some TLC, bring it to us at Trucks Only. Our service department will get your vehicle ready for the fall and winter months. And if your looking to make some cash this fall, consider selling us your truck.

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