Fall car maintenance is a great way to keep your car in shape. Temperatures dip, air quality changes, and driving habits also begin to vary. Plus, it’s a great time to change your oil and wipers, helping you to prepare for winter.
According to Bankrate, you should always check your tire pressure in the fall. That’s because colder temperatures cause air pressure to decrease. In fact, a 1° dip in temperature causes the pressure to decrease by 1 psi. Under inflated tires cause added friction, which adds wear and tear and lowers fuel economy.
The air quality can also dip in the fall as the seasons change. Getting a new air filter can increase fuel economy and performance by optimizing air flow. At the very least, it’s a good idea to blow your current air filter out with compressed air.
Change your wiper blades. You should get new wiper blades at least once or twice a year, depending on your driving habits. Getting them in the fall will prevent you from waiting too long. The winter is often the harshest on the wipers.
Finally, get your car’s oil changed. You should change the oil about every 3,000 miles. For the average driver, that’s four times per year—or once every season. Now that the fall is on its way (the official start is September 22nd), you should consider changing the oil to prepare for harsher weather.
Some of you may be able to handle a few of these maintenance items on your own, but if you need some assistance we’re hear to help. Call, stop by, or schedule an appointment on line and our highly trained service team will be more than happy to take care of you.
One of the most overlooked features on a vehicle is the tires. Unless you feel noticeable slippage on the road it can be hard to know when to change your tires. But no need to fear, your trusted Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are on the case to help you better understand your tires.
When you start asking yourself, “Is it time to change my tires?” you can start by checking the tire pressure. Chevrolets now give drivers the option to check their tire pressure from the media console; however, should you choose to use a manual pressure gauge here are a few things to remember:
- Check your tires “cold” – Your tires should be at rest for at least three hours for a more accurate reading.
- Compare the measure psi (pounds per square inch) with the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your car or in your owner’s manual.
- If your psi is too high, let air out until the numbers match. If your psi is too low add air until it reaches the proper amount.
Now that you’ve checked your tire pressure, it’s time to check the tread. Check your tire tread roughly once a month or before you head out on long journeys. Look for uneven wear and tire damage, these could be signs that your alignment is off or you need to replace a tire. Catching this early could save a lot in the long run. To check the tread depth on your tires simply take a penny and place it where your tread appears lowest with Lincoln’s down into the groove. If our 16th President’s head is covered at all then you are within the safe and legal amount of tread (approx 2/32 of an inch). Once below this amount your Chevy has much more difficulty gripping the road.
Worn tires is one of the primary reasons to replace your tires, another is tire damage. If your tires have damage, it’s typically easier to notice when it’s time to replace them. For instance you may run over something that punctures or slashes your tires.
If after all your eyeball testing and feeling your tires to see if they look worn you still can’t tell if they need to be replace, stop by and see us. Our team will make sure the next time you hit the road, you’ll be riding on safe tires.