As summer ends and the temperatures start getting lower, your car is going to require some different maintenance in order to adjust to the colder weather and prepare for the onslaught of winter. Pay close attention to these parts of your vehicle in order to prevent any issues from cropping up later down the road.
Change your oil
Oil changes should occur often in your car’s lifetime, but it is especially important to get it completed before the temperatures start dropping. Winter is harsh on the mechanical parts of your vehicle, so going into the colder months with a fully lubricated engine is crucial.
Inspect your tires
In cool temperatures, tire pressure reduces more rapidly than in warm weather, so it’s good to regularly check tires to ensure they aren’t underinflated. Additionally, if the tread on your tires has worn down, it’s important to replace them before getting into more hazardous weather.
Check your battery
Similar to the way cold temperatures affect tires, your battery can also lose power in cold weather, which is why so many vehicles end up dying during the winter. Be sure to check that all connections are clean and tight, too.
Clean or replace exterior lights
Fall is that time of year when days start getting shorter and darker, so it’s a good idea to be sure all of your exterior lights are in working order and that the covers that go over them are clean.
Heating and defrosting
Check your heating unit and defroster when the weather calls for cooler temps. This will help you avoid being stuck in a freezing vehicle with no visibility.
To keep your vehicle in great shape, follow these basic guidelines, as well as any routine maintenance schedules outlined in your owner’s manual. If you need any help inspecting these components or performing any of the maintenance above, don’t hesitate to visit our service department at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.