Autumn is on the way, which means it’s time to prepare your car. Check out the following fall car maintenance tips.
Check tire air pressure and tread: As the weather changes, so will tire pressure. For every 10 degrees the temperature changes, air pressure can decrease one to two pounds. Check the tread to make sure the tire hasn’t worn.
Get a tune-up: Keeping cars properly tuned increases gas mileage.
Check the lights: There will be less sunlight as the year goes on, so make sure all your car lights are operating properly.
Check your battery: You’ll need a fully charged battery, especially as the temperatures dip.
Check all fluid levels: Make sure the power steering, transmission, and brake fluids are all at acceptable levels.
Check the air filter: Summer driving is great, but it means the air filter has accumulated dust and other debris. Make sure to change a dirty air filter.
Check the wiper blades: Make sure they’re not cracked or damaged, and if they are, get a new pair.
Examine the exhaust system: Check for any leaks that could pose a problem to the car’s operation.
Get ready for fall by scheduling a maintenance check at Wiesner of Huntsville.
If you were on this road, you would want to have some peace-of-mind knowing that you could stop! By staying in-tune with your car, you can be sure your brakes work.
When it comes to safety systems, none is more vital than the braking system. Responsible for slowing down and stopping to prevent an accident, the braking system is one of the more complicated items to maintain. The brake pads don’t wear at a given rate, instead depending on where and how you drive. Fortunately there are a few signs they need attending to. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we know all of the signs you need new brakes and will be happy to help in any way we can!
Signs You Need New Brakes:
- Sound – If you hear a squealing or high-pitched screeched when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is caused by metal scraping metal and indicates that the brake pads are nearly gone. For your safety and the safety of others, have your brake pads replaced sooner rather than later.
- View – In most vehicles, you can look through the wheel spokes to see the brake pad. The outer portion will be pushed up against the rotor. If the pad looks to have less than a quarter inch remaining, make a service appointment.
- Feel – If it takes a while to slow down, the brake pads are likely worn down and are becoming unresponsive. On the other hand, if the pedal sinks to the floor, it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the braking system. Either way, it’s important to have a technician inspect your brakes.
It’s not too hard to replace a car battery – much easier than you think! So if you don’t want to spend the money on a maintenance trip but your battery is shot, you should be able to do this at home by following these simple steps.
Always let your vehicle cool off before you start working under the hood or you might burn yourself. Once the vehicle is cool, find the battery and start by disconnecting the black (negative) battery cable from the battery using a wrench or, preferably, a tool designed for the job like a battery wrench. Be very careful not to let metal touch the battery posts.
Next disconnect the red (positive) cable. There will be a clamp holding the battery in place; remove it and place any loose parts in a secure spot where they won’t get lost. Now, pull the battery out, being careful not to wiggle it too much and hit the sides.
Put the new battery in its place and secure it again with the clamp. Clean it off, remove the caps on the posts, and then apply dielectric grease and put anti-corrosion washers on the posts. Reconnect the cables, starting with the positive.