With summer over and the holidays a few short months away, it’s easy to let vehicle maintenance fall by the wayside. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, use our fall vehicle maintenance checklist.
#1: Check your fluids
Make sure your oil, brake, power steering, transmission, and coolant levels are properly filled and top off fluids if necessary. The fluids in your vehicle are crucial to its performance and lifespan. If any of your fluids are markedly low, you should get your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.
#2: Check your battery and charging system
Extreme changes in temperatures from hot to cold can have damaging effects on your car battery. Make sure you are not surprised by unwanted battery troubles. Have your car’s battery and charging system tested at your local AAA Car Care center. Starting an engine in cold weather requires a fully charged battery in good condition. The AAA Car Care team will test yours for free, and you’ll know whether your battery is good, weak, or about to fail.
#3: Battery cables and terminals
AAA will also check the condition of your battery cables and terminals to ensure all connections are good and remove any corrosion from the terminals and posts.
#4: Check your tire pressure and tread
Tires are the vital link between your precious cargo and the road. Changing temps can cause a reduction in tire pressure, so check your tire pressure regularly to make sure your tires are properly inflated. If you’re unsure how to check your tire tread, this easy guide will show you how to do it.
#5: Have your drive belts inspected
Drive belts run your car’s accessories. AAA recommends being proactive on replacements so you can avoid getting stranded somewhere. Our Car Care locations can visually check your vehicle’s belts for any cracks or other damage.
#6: Check your wipers, headlights, and accessory lights.
Check these essential components to your vehicle for any wear or damage. Each of these car accessories is essential to the harsh weather that fall and winter can bring with it.
Let AAA Car Care give you peace of mind. Our locations offer you a FREE digital vehicle inspection which includes all the items on our fall checklist and more, ensuring that you’re fully ready for the cooler weather ahead. We’ll send a copy of your complete digital report by text or email – including photos, videos, and technician notes – so you know exactly what’s going on with your car. At AAA Car Care we don’t just tell you about your vehicle’s health – we show you.
Reserve your fall preventative maintenance service today!