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Prepare Your Vehicle for the Fall Season

It's finally the fall season, and slowly we are embracing the seasonal changes as they come. The leaves will soon be turning colors, the weather will be cooling down, and we may see a few rain showers in the near future. With the changing tides, it becomes important to look at your vehicle's maintenance and how you can best prepare your vehicle for the new time of year. 

Each season represents a weather change, and the fall can present new challenges when it comes to driving. Most importantly, the wet roads can make it more difficult to drive, so preparing your vehicle as best you can for the fall season will ensure your safety and help you maintain a reliable vehicle. 

So, what are some maintenance items that will help you get your car ready for the fall season? Here are some of our top recommendations: 

Tires

Good quality tires are essential to driving in the rain. Your tires need good tread in order to be able to make traction with the road in any weather situation. If you notice that your tires are bald or excessively worn, they should be replaced. Also, make sure that your tires are filled to the proper air pressure to avoid tire blowouts and handling issues. 

Brakes

Your vehicle's brakes will need to work at their best in order to properly slow or stop your vehicle this fall. Any issue with your brakes needs to be inspected as soon as possible and we recommend an inspection if it has been a while since someone has looked at your brakes. 

Fluids

The summer can cause your vehicle's critical fluids to break down faster, so make sure that all of your fluids such as the transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid are clean and topped-off. 

Windshield Wipers

You will definitely need your wipers to work at their best once the rain begins to fall, and the summer can cause them to dry out. If it's been over 6 months since you last replaced your wipers, you will want to get that taken care of now before we get deep into the fall season. 

Oil Change & Synthetic Oil Change

If you're due for an oil change, now is a great time to have this performed. We can also perform a fall vehicle inspection to double-check that all of the above looks good and let you know if we find anything that should be fixed now.

Lights

With darker and shorter days, your vehicle's lights will be more important than ever. Check that all of your vehicle's important lights work properly such as the headlights, brake lights, and blinkers. 

All of these vehicle services are a great start when it comes to preparing your vehicle for the fall season. If you want to get your car fall-ready, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the professionals here at Pickering's Auto Service for friendly assistance today! 

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