How was your summer? We at Poulin Auto Sales don’t ask only because it’s nearly over, but also because all Vermont drivers are going to have to account for the beating our cars took in the process. Thankfully, we offer all of the services that drivers need to prepare themselves for fall, right here at our locations in South Burlington and Barre. Here are a few tips to get your car ready for fall, all of which we’d be happy to help out with.
Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Fall
Replace Your Air Filter
It’s easy to overlook replacing your air filter, due to the simple fact that a dirty one won’t cripple your car. That said, it will reduce your fuel efficiency, hurt your emissions, and can cause your car to run poorly overall. Ideally, it should be replaced twice per year — almost no one does this — and this would be a good time to do it.
Over the summer, and especially when heat gets to your vehicle, the stops and starts may cause your car to accumulate metallic residue around the battery posts. All that you need to clear this residue is grab a small metal brush, scrub and wipe away the residue, and then firmly reattach the battery. This will allow the electrical current to clearly run from the battery to your car’s various components.
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Replace Your Windshield Wipers
After a long summer, you might notice that your wiper blades become cracked. This is because they’re used sparingly in the hot months, and the lack of moisture makes them dry out. Since this will make them ineffective during a rainstorm, it makes sense to change them out before the rains come. It only costs about $15 per blade, so it must be done.
Fill Your Fluids
The summer months can really sap your car’s fluids, since lubrication and cooling don’t come as easily in the heat. It’s a good idea to give your car a boost with clean washer fluid, new brake fluid, and a top-off on the antifreeze tank. When the conditions turn in a few months, you’ll be glad that you did.
Check Your Tires
Tire pressure is a tricky thing, isn’t it? A drop in temperature will drop your tire pressure, while high temps do the opposite. It’s important to keep a close look at the pressure in your tires — easy to do with a $5 pressure gauge — to be better prepared for the conditions ahead.
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