These days, we have spring cleaning and fall maintenance. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Still, you want to keep your home at its best and part of the fall routine is having your furnace serviced. Here is one more service you should add to your fall to-do list: vehicle maintenance. Just as your furnace needs a tune-up before winter hits so does your car, SUV or truck. AutoFix recommends you have the following checked to make certain your vehicle is ready for the freezing temperatures we get in Franklin, TN, in January.
Now is a good time to have your brake, oil, power steering, radiator, transmission and windshield washer fluids checked. Of particular concern are your motor oil and radiator fluid. Both work to prevent your engine from freezing up in cold weather. Motor oil also lubricates crucial parts to prevent friction. Before the mercury drops, make sure your vehicle has plenty of clean antifreeze, oil, and other system fluids to prevent on-road trouble in the middle of cold and rainy weather.
Driving on icy roads is stressful enough without slipping and sliding but if your tires are low on tread or bald, you’ll add slipping and sliding to your commute. Have your tires inspected now to ensure they can grip the road once winter weather visits Franklin. Technicians should inspect your brakes and suspension, as well, as either could cause you to lose control of your vehicle even if your tires are good. Avoid an accident on wet and icy roads with a brake, suspension and wheel inspection.
If you haven’t replaced your windshield wiper blades in a while, now is the time to do it. Check them to see if the rubber is worn, cracked or frayed. Summer sun beats down on the wiper blades and ages them prematurely. Replace your wiper blades now so you can see free and clear in the rain and snow. Test your defrosters, too, to make sure they are operating correctly. You don’t want to get stuck in traffic with foggy windows. Visibility is crucial in inclement weather.
AutoFix is located in Franklin, TN, and we’d be happy to inspect your vehicle from roof to tires before winter is upon us. We’ll make sure your vehicle is winter-ready so you don’t end up stranded on the side of an icy road. Call us at 615-656-4962 to schedule a fall maintenance check.