Fall Car Care Tips | Alpharetta GA | Sandy Springs, Cumming, Gwinnett & Duluth

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Car Care Tips in Alpharetta, GA

The days are getting shorter. The temperature is starting to drop. Whether you love or hate the change in seasons, the fall is a great time of year for winter-ready maintenance on your vehicle. There are steps you can take to get your car, truck or SUV ready for the winter season. To help you out, we've put together this list of tips for fall maintenance!

Top 4 Fall Tips

1. Tire Tread and Pressure

Tires can lose up to one pound of pressure for every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature, giving you less traction on slippery conditions. If you have summer tires on your car, a good idea would be to swap them out for all-season tires. Also, be sure to check your owner's manual for the correct pressure. To check your tire's tread, you can use the penny method: Place a penny into the tread grooves in several spots. If most of Lincoln's head shows, your tire's treads are less than the recommended 2/32” (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

2. Battery

Colder temperatures can affect and wear down a car battery, so the fall season is a good time to check yours. You should also check the battery connections to make sure they're tight, clean and free of corrosion. Another smart idea is to have your battery tested. If it's more than three years old, it might be time to replace it so there are no surprise failures while on the road.

3. Heating and Cooling

Your car's heating and cooling systems should be performing well. This isn't just for the comfort of the driver and passengers – it's for safety reasons as well, such as needing to defrost the windows in winter.

4. Lights

With the shorter days, you'll need to use your lights more often. A good idea is to check that all of your lights are in working order, including your brake lights. If a bulb is out, be sure to replace it.

If you'd like to learn more or need repairs for your vehicle, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 1555 Mansell Road Alpharetta, GA 30009. We look forward to serving our customers near Sandy Springs, Cumming, Gwinnett and Duluth.