Fall Maintenance To Do List

October 1, 2019 5:14 pm Published by

It may be hard to come to grips with, but summer is on its way out and that means that fall is quickly heading our way. If you haven’t taken care of your annual fall auto maintenances yet, it is time to get ready for the changing of the season. A great fall maintenance plan can make your life much easier in the winter and can keep you from finding yourself stranded in the snow on the side of the road. If you want to learn about how you can save thousands of dollars and start taking care of your own auto maintenance projects, come into your local U Pull & Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts you need and give you helpful tips to tackle any DIY auto project you are looking to check off your list.

Battery

If you haven’t checked your battery recently, now is definitely the time. The summer heat can really do a number on your battery’s ability to function properly. The heat can actually cause your battery fluid to evaporate, putting stress on your battery’s interior and creating potential issues as winter approaches. The cold weather that is on its way is also extremely tough on your battery and could leave you vulnerable to mid-winter breakdowns. If you haven’t changed your battery in a few years, you should test your battery’s charge with a multimeter. A fully functional battery should register between 13.7 and 14.7 volts on this test. If your battery is below 12.6 Volts, your battery is no longer holding a sufficient charge and needs to be recharged or replaced.

Heater & AC

The summer heat has put the test to your car’s AC, but your heater is about to take center stage as the temperature plummets over the next few months. The first thing that you need to check is your radiator hoses and heater hoses. Make sure that you inspect your connections and seals as well to ensure that your hoses still have a firm connection. Any breakdown of seals and clamps can cause a noticeable loss of heating capabilities, so replace your connections as needed. If you notice any coolant on the floorboard, you may have a faulty heater core that needs to be replaced as well. Finish up this quick project by clearing your ducts of any leaves or debris that has gotten stuck in there.

Tires

Last but certainly not least, you need to change out your tires to all-weather tires. Everything from the impending rain and snow to high quantities of fallen leaves can greatly reduce your car’s ability to retain traction on the road. You can easily change out your tires with just a few wrenches and a jack, so don’t be intimidated by this simple DIY project.

No matter what condition your car is currently in, you can easily handle most upkeep projects with the right parts and a little bit of knowhow. Get the components you need and the tips to help you succeed at unbeatable prices right here at your local U Pull & Pay today.

 

 

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling