Though it is only August, the brisk Autumn is creeping up on us in Burnt Hills, NY. Don't wait until the thermometer drops, as your vehicle could use a bit of practical maintenance after recovering from the summer. With the proper care, your car can take on the seasonal challenges that your vehicle may face. Here's a guide on everything you should mark off on your end-of-summer maintenance checklist.
HERE'S WHAT TO DO
1. Start with a complete inspection.
An inspection is an excellent place to start, as the diagnostics will help you hone in on precisely what your car or truck needs. A vehicle inspection will likely include essential checks and tests on your battery, fluids, belts, engine hoses, lights, and more. Keep in mind that some of the issues with these parts can worsen when the temperature falls!
2. Examine your tread depth.
Your tread depth should always be at least 2/32". Otherwise, your vehicle may be in danger, regardless of the season or road conditions. To measure your tread depth, all you need is a penny. To do the trusted Penny test, place the penny with Lincoln's head facing downwards onto the grooves of a tire. If you can still see the top of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is overworn, and you need new tires.
3. Inspect your windshield wipers.
These things are the unsung heroes of fall and winter commutes. Without functioning wipers, you will not have a clear view of the road ahead. When checking your wipers, make sure there are no torn or distorted edges where the rubber blade comes in contact with the glass surface.
It may be bittersweet as the summer comes to an end, but there's plenty of things to look forward to as we head to the fall. Before heading back to school or into the office, start with a vehicle inspection at Gil's Garage to ease your stress. Our expert team can help you watch out for anything that may jeopardize your safety, setting you up for success in the fall. We welcome you to give us a call or visit Gil's Garage today!