Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

Fall is officially here, which means that it’s time for some fall maintenance whether you have a vehicle that you’re keeping or you just bought or leased a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors. Fall is a funky season since the weather could turn at the drop of a hat. While you expect the weather to be cooler, it could get crazy enough to snow, especially later in the fall. Thus, you’ll need to get your vehicle ready for fall – and maybe a touch of winter.

Oil Change

When you change the oil and filter this fall, check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a different weight oil for the winter. If you do a lot of driving and change the oil frequently, you could fit one more change in before you switch to a different weight, but by November you should switch pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Belts and Hoses

While you are still seeing days that are warm enough for the air conditioning, you’ll be turning the heat on before you know it. Have our service department check all radiator and heater hoses to ensure that they are not dry rotted. The last thing you need is to turn on the heat or the defroster and have a hose pop.

You should also check your vehicle’s belts. Your vehicle could have one serpentine belt that drives all of the accessories; it could have two or more serpentine belts; V-belts or a combination of serpentine and V-belts. All of them should be checked for wear and tear and dry rotting.

Additionally, your vehicle may have a timing belt. Your owner’s manual will tell you when the timing belt should be changed, if applicable to your vehicle. Some vehicles may have a timing chain or even a gear drive that do not need to be changed as often, though the most common is a timing belt.

Other Things to Check

Be sure to have your brakes and tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for service. If your ABS light is on, that should be repaired so you have the full benefit of the computer helping you in tricky braking situations.

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