Fall is in the air, and that may mean that your European car needs a few quick checks before you’re ready to hit the road for weekend getaways. Here’s what Star Motors European suggests you do to make sure your car is ready for a new season.
Let the Heat Run for a Few Minutes
The last thing you want to experience when cold weather hits is to find out that your heater doesn’t work. Turn on your car’s heater now and let it run for a few minutes. If the air isn’t getting any warmer after a few minutes, you might have something wrong with your car’s heater and it’s better to know that now.
Double Check the Antifreeze Levels
Pop open the hood and take a quick look at the antifreeze reservoir. That neon fluid does quite a bit for your car, both helping the engine to stay cool and helping to ensure that nothing freezes up when it gets cold out. Do yourself a favor and make sure that reservoir is topped up now, before evening temperatures drop to freezing.
Check and Change the Oil
When did you last get your car’s oil changed? It might have been a while, especially if you didn’t do much summer driving. Check the oil to make sure that it’s clean and that levels look good. If it’s been a while since your last oil change, it probably won’t be a bad idea to get some fresh oil in the car now.
Get Your Brakes Inspected
Fall is also a great time to make sure your brakes are working properly. Is it taking longer than it used to for your car to slow down? Get the brakes checked, just to make sure you’re not going to be having problems stopping on slicker roads.
Look at the Tires
Another potential problem on slick fall and winter roads can be tire tread. Have you taken a look at that lately? It might be a good idea to get fresh tires now if they’re starting to get a little bit worn. That way you’re not going to have to worry about them for the rest of the year.
It’s always a good idea to keep up with how your car is faring, no matter what the weather is. Star Motors European in San Juan Capistrano, CA can be your partner in keeping your car ready for whatever is headed your way.