The end of summer is marked by many events including the first day of school, a cool breeze, and at times it could be signaled by a mysterious clunking in the engine of your car. As much as the kids may hope to avoid school or cling to the warm days of summer, the only one of these things that is preventable is the clunking, if you employ some simple end-of-season maintenance.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recommends checking your tires, windshield wipers and lights post summer, here’s why:
- Uneven or worn tire tread is dangerous on slick winter roads. Hot weather can stress your tires resulting in lost air pressure which creates other driving hazards. Because your tread may have taken a beating this summer you should get a full inspection of your tires before the arrival of snow and ice this winter.
- The days will start getting shorter soon, and that means you may do more driving in the dark. Check your headlights, tail lights, directionals (signals) and brake lights and replace any that aren’t functional.
- To prepare for unexpected snow flurries and end of summer rains, check your windshield wipers and replace cracked and ineffective wipers.
Checking and replacing your car’s fluids after the strain of summer heat is another important post-summer step to prevent hazardous driving conditions come winter:
It’s not just your engine and tires that need attention at the end of summer, the body of your car could use a little extra TLC too:
- Check fluids as they may have evaporated, and top them off if necessary.
- Summer is hard on an already hot engine; check your coolant and make sure you are still at appropriate levels.
- Wash and wax your car to protect it from the salt that will hit the roads during the winter months.
As always, follow the guidelines established in your vehicle’s manual and keep up with the suggested maintenance routine no matter what time of year it happens to be.
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