Prep Your Car for the Fall
Are You Ready for a Montana Fall?
As football season begins and Harvest season approaches, it’s a good time to do a few things for your car to make sure it’s ready to bring you to all the places you want to go during the cold season. Keep in mind that these are in addition to your usual regular maintenance checks.
Ready to get your car prepped for the fall? Keep reading as Big Sky Collision Center in Billings walks you through what you need to know.
Check Your Vehicle’s Battery Life
Think about how old your battery is. If it’s nearing 3 years, it might be time to consider getting a new one. Otherwise, maybe some cleaning and tightening of connections ought to be enough to get you through the impending cold. Clean all surfaces and scrape away all that corrosion from your terminals and cables. Then tighten all your cable connections. Remember that electrical issues and start up problems can oftentimes be solved by simple battery cleaning. Need a quick test? Most battery shops will check the power free of charge.
Check All of your Fluids
It’s not just a matter of checking if your fluids are at the right levels, it’s also ensuring that you have the correct fluids in place. For the cold months, aside from checking the usual fluids (like your brake fluid, engine oil, coolant, etc.), two important fluids you need to pay extra attention to are your wiper fluid and your antifreeze. First, you need to replace your regular wiper/windshield washer fluid with one that’s specifically designed for use during cold weather. Then, you have to make sure that you have the correct level of antifreeze fluid and add on to it as needed to ensure it does its job of protecting your engine and keeping it running smoothly. Keep in mind that many vehicles require a mix of antifreeze and water.
Check How Well Your Brakes Work
Aside from your brake fluid, it is also essential that you have your entire brake system checked (the lining and your brake pad) to ensure you will always be able to stop when you need to; especially when the roads are wet and slippery.
Check Your Heat and Defrost System
You know it’s going to get extremely cold and you wouldn’t want to get caught driving without a functioning heater, right? If you want to be able to have a comfortable driving experience even when it’s freezing cold outside, test your heater to make sure it won’t fail you when the time comes for you to use it.
Make Sure Your Spare is in Order
We’re referring, of course, to your spare tire. It’s common for a lot of car owners to forget about their spare tire and only remember when they need it. And then they find out that their spare is useless because it doesn’t have the proper pressure. Keep in mind that having a spare tire that isn’t properly inflated is like having no spare tire at all. So don’t be like many others who take theirs for granted. Because tire pressure drops 1 PSI for every 10-degree drop in temperature, make the effort to check your tires (all of them including your spare) once a week during the cold months. Properly inflated tires do not just help make your driving safer. It helps improve your fuel mileage too, which means extra savings on fuel cost for you.
Do a Complete Light Inspection
Cold weather is almost synonymous with dark skies, and dark skies mean less visibility, which makes driving a bit more challenging. To reduce the risks associated with poor visibility, make sure all your lights are not just working, but are at their brightest. This involves cleaning your lights, and replacing what’s busted or is no longer as bright as it should be.
Replace Your Various Filters
For better engine performance during cold weather, check your air filter, fuel filter, and oil filter, and replace as needed.
Replace the Wiper Blades
Part of car maintenance includes replacing your car wipers annually. And the best time to do it (unless it gets damaged for some reason and needs immediate replacement) is during the fall season. Why? Because you typically use your wipers more frequently during fall and winter. Which makes it perfectly sensible to have your wipers at their most optimal condition during these seasons. And don’t forget to replace your rear window wipers (if you have them) as well.
Give Your Car the Once Over
Winter is coming. And that means you’ll probably need additional space for your winter coats, boots, and even a blanket to ensure you’re kept warm and comfy. If you have too much junk in your car, there won’t be any space for your winter essentials. So clean up and make room. The changing seasons is also a great time to bring your car in for a full auto detailing. We offer competitive rates here in Billings, so make sure your car is protected for the cold!
Prepare an Emergency Kit
In case of car breakdown or unexpected bad weather, it’s best to arm yourself with an emergency kit to help you manage whatever the cold throws your way.
Big Sky Collision Center Wants No Crashes
Cold weather means icy roads. But it doesn’t have to be winter for the roads to get slick! We will get our first freeze sometime in October, and that means any bits of moisture on the roads will turn to ice and become slippery. Slow down and make sure that you’re driving safe so we can have a season with no crashes.
Of course if you need your vehicle detailed, give us a call at 406-259-6328.