With cooler weather on its way, your car will be in need of seasonal service. If you're a Western Mass local, it’s important to make sure that your car is prepared for the falling leaves, rainy days, and cooler temperatures. Our Fall Auto Service checklist highlights the different areas of your car that you should pay special attention to this season.
HeadlightsAs the days slowly start to get shorter, it’s important to make sure you have working lights. Check that the bulbs won’t need replacement anytime soon and that your lenses are clean. If your lenses are in need of special cleaning or restoration, we've got you covered.
BrakesFall tends to bring drizzly days, which means slick roads covered with wet leaves. Schedule brake service early in the season to ensure you have maximum stopping power when you're traveling through rainy weather.
Windshield WipersStreaky wipers are a hazard, especially with the dangerous combination of fall rain and wet leaves. To check your wipers for nicks, tears, or other damage, simply run your finger along the edge of the blades. If you feel any anomalies, have your wipers replaced as soon as possible. If your wipers are in good shape, give them a good cleaning. Apply a small amount of washer fluid (or hot, soapy water) to a clean rag or paper towel and wipe all dust and dirt off the edge of your wiper blade. Then wipe the edge of the freshly cleaned blade with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove any soapy film or residue that is left on the rubber.
Varying temperatures can have a huge impact on your car's battery, especially when even colder temperatures roll in during late November. As a rule of thumb, batteries typically need to be replaced every 3-5 years but weak batteries tend to fail faster when the temperature drops. Having your battery and charging system evaluated early in the season will help to ensure you never find yourself stranded, or unexpectedly late to work on an especially crisp morning.
Cold weather can exacerbate other lingering engine issues, such as slow acceleration or difficulty starting. A simple tune-up can help with both the performance and the lifespan of your engine. Our technicians can perform visual and diagnostic checks of your spark plugs, oxygen sensors, distributor cap, brakes, and more, to make sure your drive is as safe as possible.
Heating SystemNo one wants to be stuck shivering in the bitter New England cold. You should make an appointment to have your heating system checked in mid to late fall, before the really cold weather hits. This way they can prep your car for colder temps, with plenty of time to make any repairs or replacements.
The increase in traveling over the summer often increases the amount of debris entering your car's filtration system, which can lead to trouble at the end of the season. Our techs have all of the filters your car needs to keep it running smoothly. Whether you need oil filters, cabin filters, fuel, coolant, or transmission filters, we can check and change the proper ones that are specific to your vehicle.
Drivers tend to rack up miles on their tires during vacations and road trips in the summer months. This isn't a bad thing in and of itself but the colder weather plays a big part in the pressure of your tires. Inspecting their wear and inflation level ensures that the tread can safely and efficiently provide you with the best traction on the road, as roads start to get icy. Always make sure to have your spare tire checked as well, in case of a flat. You can learn more about our tire services here.
From topping off the fluid for your windshield wipers and coolant to oil changes and transmission flushes, our ASE-certified technicians can help with all of the necessary fluids your car needs when you come in for fall auto service. We can also recommend products specific to your vehicle and your driving, to help maximize your vehicle's performance and longevity.
Fall Auto Service At V&F
Don’t let the weather sneak up on you. Scheduling proactive maintenance can prevent costly repairs down the road and increase your safety. Call us at (413)314-2280 to discuss your maintenance schedule, or schedule an appointment for fall auto service online.
This article was originally published in 2019 and is updated annually to reflect changing best practices.