Preparing for Cold Weather: Fall Car Maintenance

Fall Car Maintenance

 

Fall car maintenance is essential to retain the resale value of your car, and it also prevents future breakdowns. From simple things like changing the oil to preparing for winter, there are a few things you can do to maintain your car during the fall months. Whether you stop by the service center at Rudig Jensen Ford CDJR or perform service yourself, just be sure to follow these basic guidelines.

Change Your Oil

First, according to the Car Connection, change your oil. Most cars need fresh oil every three months or 3,000 miles, which means that you should have an oil change when the seasons change. Fresh oil lubricates the engine, removes dirt, and helps to move heat away from moving components. With colder temperatures setting in, it’s also a good idea to switch to a more viscous oil.

Check Your Tires

Look for any bulging, cracking, or bald spots on your tires, and be sure to check the tread depth. If you flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the

Look for any bulging, cracking, or bald spots on your tires, and be sure to check the tread depth. If you flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread, you can use this as an approximate measuring device. If you see above President Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Test Your Car Battery

Cooler temperatures are harder on the electrical components, and it can be dangerous to get stranded with a dead battery. In addition to checking the charge, you can also take time to check the lights as well. Look at brake lights, turn signals, reverse lights, and headlights.

These are just some of the basic things you can do for fall vehicle service. For a full inspection and proper winterizing, considering bringing your car into Rudig Jensen Ford CDJR.

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