Fall is here and we don’t know about you, but we think it’s a great time of year. Usher in the holiday season with vehicle maintenance designed to ensure your car, truck or SUV is road-ready for winter. It gets cold in Fairfax, VA, in the winter, but you can rely on your vehicle despite the mercury drop if you bring it into Fairfax Auto Repair for the following fall services.
1. Radiator System
Your engine coolant does more than ensure your vehicle doesn’t overheat in the summer; it also makes certain the engine doesn’t freeze in the winter. Fall is the perfect time for a radiator system check, including the belts, hoses and water pump. It’s also the perfect time to inspect your heater core because if that fails, you won’t be able to run your heater and it’s expensive to replace.
Whether you took a road trip for the family’s summer vacation or just added the normal miles on your tires, hot roads can wear down your tread. As you know, wet and icy roads are dangerous, especially if your tire tread isn’t what it should be. Now is the time to have your tires inspected and replaced before winter hits. It’s also a good time to check the balance and alignment, too.
Your vehicle’s suspension includes its steering and there are more parts than the steering wheel in this system. As mentioned above, having your front-end alignment checked in the fall is a good idea, as is checking the suspension, ball joints, tire rods and steering components. You want complete control of your vehicle when on a wet or icy road to avoid accidents.
4. Fan System and Windshield Wipers
When we say fan system, we also mean your vehicle’s defrosters because they are part of that system. In the winter, you rely on your defrosters and windshield wipers to see during a rain or snowstorm. What happens if one or the other doesn’t work? Have your vehicle’s fans, including the defrosters, and your windshield wipers inspected before inclement weather is upon you.
If you’re due for an oil change don’t put it off. Engine oil is the lifeblood of the engine. It lubricates parts to prevent them from overheating and breaking down. Your vehicle’s engine works hard in the winter, especially if it’s freezing outside. Show the engine some TLC with an oil change so you have fresh oil and a clean filter to keep the parts lubricated and running smoothly.
Stop by Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, VA, and let us give your vehicle a fall services inspection. We’re located on Mathy Drive and you can call us today.