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End of Summer Car Care Tips

As kids head back to school and the summer months begin to wind down, it’s time to think about end of summer car care. Performing some basic preventative maintenance now can go a long way in helping you to avoid a mid-winter breakdown or accident.

Get caught up. If you’ve fallen behind on your regular maintenance schedule, now’s the time to get caught up. Make sure your filters are clean, your oil is changed, and your fluid are topped off or replaced as necessary.

Check your battery. A dying battery will only be made worse when temperatures start to drop. Avoid being stuck in the freezing temperatures with a dead battery by having your car’s battery tested now. If it’s going to need to be replaced in the coming months, be sure to do it before the days get cold.

 

Windshield after rain

Replace your windshield wipers. If your wipers haven’t been replaced in the last year, or aren’t clearing your windshield, it’s time to have them replaced. Sleet, snow, and cold temperatures will only make clearing the windshield more difficult.

Check your tires. Here in Minnesota, it’s important that if you only have summer tires on your car, you get a good set of winter tires for the harsh winter months (or a good set of all-season tires). If you already have a set, make sure they are in good condition, and have your dealership switch out the summer for the winter set. Regardless of the type of tire on your car, make sure they are properly inflated based on manufacturer recommendations, and consider replacing the tires when they reach about 5/32″ of remaining tread depth.

For more tips on winter preparation, visit ase.com.

Make your appointment with Dahl Chevrolet today, and we’ll make sure your car is ready for anything!

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One Response to “End of Summer Car Care Tips”

  1. December 9, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Most newer cars have fairly reliable A/C systems, but older cars may need a recharge before the hot summer starts. At the very least, having a technician give the system a once-over can help prevent future problems. Keeping it cool also refers to coolant — keeping an eye on your engine’s cooling system could help you avoid overheating.

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