Fall Car Care Tips | Gainesville FL | Serving Alachua, Starke, Ocala & Lake City

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Car Care Tips in Gainesville, FL

With the summer season winding down, fall is a great time to schedule a service appointment. If you're planning a road trip up north, there are a few key areas you'll want to check in your car to make sure they are working properly before facing cooler weather and shorter daylight hours. Check out these four tips for how to get your car ready for fall!

Top 4 Fall Tips

1. Tire Tread and Pressure

If the temperature drops, tires can lose one pound of pressure for every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop, so be sure to check your owner's manual for the correct tire pressure for your vehicle. If your car is currently fitted out with summer tires, it's a good idea to switch them out for all-season tires. To check the tread, simply place a penny into the tread grooves. If all of Lincoln's head is visible, your treads are less than the recommended 2/32” of tread depth (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). This means it's time to invest in a new set.

2. Battery

If your car is going to be exposed to cold weather, you'll want to make sure your battery is up for it since cold weather can take its toll. First, make sure the battery connections are tight, clean and free of corrosion. We also recommend that you run a battery test to make sure it's performing well. A battery older than three years may need to be replaced.

3. Heating and Cooling

Make sure your car's heating and cooling are performing well for the change in temperatures, not only for driver and passenger comfort, but also for safety reasons. For example, you may need to defrost your windows.

4. Lights

Because there a fewer daylight hours this time of year, you'll need to use your lights more often. Make sure all lights are working, including brake lights and turn signals. If any bulbs are out, replace them as soon as possible.

If you'd like to learn more or need repairs for your vehicle, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 3111 North Main St., Gainesville, FL 32609. We look forward to serving our customers near Alachua, Starke, Ocala and Lake City.