Now that October is finally here, it’s time to pull your hands from over your eyes and come to terms with the one thing we don’t all don’t want to admit: Winter is just around the corner. That means fall cleanup and maintenance for your car.

The good thing about fall is that you still have some time to get in a few last, but incredibly important, do-it-yourself services that will go a long way towards protecting your investment until Spring. If you can’t do them yourself, simply book a service appointment at Sudden Impact Auto Body Shop.

Fall car maintenance

Tips for getting ready for the change of seasons

Car Battery

Fall is a good time to inspect your car battery, making sure the cables and terminals are snug and retighten as necessary for good contact. If your connections are dirty or showing a lot of corrosion, disconnect and clean them with a wire brush or cleaning tool. Be aware that when you disconnect the battery, you may have to re-enter a security code in your radio or navigation system. If you have a sealed, maintenance-free battery with no removable caps, there’s little else you need to do. If your battery has removable caps, check the water level periodically, and refill with distilled water as needed.

Headlights

As cars age, the headlights can become cloudy or hazy, especially on cars that are routinely parked outside. More than a cosmetic problem, clouded lenses can pose a serious threat to safety, compromising night vision and reducing the effectiveness of your headlights by up to 80 percent, based on our measurements.

Tires

Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. Monthly tread inspections can inform when the tires warrant replacement. If you notice that your tires have less than 1/8-inch of tread left, then it’s time to go shopping. Most people buy all-season tires because it’s easier and cheaper than buying one set for the winter and another for summer. All-season car tires deliver good, well-rounded performance but are never outstanding in any way. By contrast, winter tires have outstanding snow traction but just fair braking ability on cleared roads. 

Wash and Wax

Fall is a good time to clean up your car so that winter’s mess doesn’t land on top of the summer’s dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree sap. If you want to go further than soap and water, you can try car wax to keep your car’s finish looking new. We recommend waxing even new cars every two or three months. Think of it as a seasonal chore to protect and beautify your car. 

Wipers

If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on your windshield, then it’s time to replace them or clean them. Wipers degrade quickly and typically need to be changed every 6 to 12 months. Should performance deteriorate in less time, try cleaning the blade with a paper towel and glass cleaner. Often, that can renew the blades for a few more weeks or months of streak-free operation. 

Auto Body Shop in Las Vegas, NV

Visit your Sudden Impact Auto for all of your fall car care needs. We’ll start with a vehicle inspection to see where your car is running strong, and where it may need a little extra care before the colder months. This prep work will have you ready to face the worst that winter can offer!