Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Car Care Tips in Greenville, SC

Autumn can be a fun time of year, from picking apples to enjoying the colorful foliage. No matter if you’re a fan or not, the fall season is a good time of year to show your car some TLC! While automotive maintenance is always important, it’s a good idea to get your vehicle ready for winter. The cold weather can take its toll on your car, which is why a good precaution is to prepare your car, truck or SUV. We’ve put together a list of our top tips for fall maintenance, so keep reading to learn more!

Top 4 Fall Tips

1. Tire Tread and Pressure

Winter means potential road hazards. One step you can take is to make the switch to all-season tires and checking your tire treads. Simply put a penny into the grooves, and if most of Lincoln’s head is showing, the treads are less than the recommended 2/32”, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tire pressure can also affect how your vehicle handles road hazards such as ice, so a good idea is to have your tires checked. Tires can lose up to one pound of pressure per every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop. Checking the tire pressure yourself? Check your owner’s manual for the recommended pressure.

2. Battery

A surprise battery failure while on the road is never fun, so make sure to check yours. Cold weather can take its toll on automotive batteries. Be sure to check the connections and ensure they’re tight, clean and free of corrosion. If you’re not familiar with batteries, bring it in for testing.

3. Heating and Cooling

It's always a comfort to get into a warm car when the temperature outside is low. But, needing functioning heat is also important for safety reasons, like the need to defrost your windows. Be sure to bring it in for repair if you find your car’s heating and cooling aren’t working properly!

4. Lights

With the days getting shorter during fall, you’ll have to turn on your car’s headlights more often. You should check that all of your lights are working properly (including turn signals and brake lights). If any bulbs are broken or burnt out, be sure to replace them as soon as possible.

If you'd like to learn more or need repairs for your vehicle, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 100 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. We look forward to serving our customers near Columbia, Spartanburg, Anderson and Upstate SC and Asheville, NC.