Important Fall Auto Maintenance You Shouldn't Ignore


The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling off. No matter what part of the country you live in, there is bound to be some fluctuations in weather temperatures. Whether you expect some snow and ice or just a few drops in degrees, this is a good signal that its time to pay attention to your vehicle's overall health. So what should you do? Here are a few important fall auto maintenance tasks that you shouldn't ignore.

Oil and Transmission

Your engine is the workhorse of your vehicle and its important that you make sure things are in tip-top shape under the hood. If you live in a cooler climate, you'll want to switch to a synthetic oil in order to make it easier on your engine to operate and start. This prevents engine sludge and protects your motor from overall wear and tear on engine components. A complete oil change with synthetic oil helps pistons work more effectively and protects the horsepower of your engine. Additionally, a transmission servicing or flush is important as well. This may include:

  • Emptying the fluids and replacing them with new ATF (automatic transmission fluid)
  • Removing, cleaning, and replacing the pan
  • Replacing the screen and filter
  • Adding a new pan gasket

New fluids in the transmission will increase holding power within the clutches and boost overall heat and slip protection. This makes it easier on the engine as temperatures fluctuate and road surfaces change. Having the vehicle transmission serviced and oil changed regularly will help avoid a costly auto repair in the future.  


Just as it's important to have proper maintenance under the hood, your tires need attention too. Because traction is important as temperatures plummet and rain makes roads more challenging to stop on, you have to have good winter tires. Better tread and properly inflated tires are important any time you drive, but especially in the winter because of wet, icy and slick road conditions. Fall is a good time to remind yourself to get a tire check and, if necessary, new tires that are aligned and balanced properly.


Having brakes that stop on the dime is also vital. A complete brake inspection will help ensure brake fluids aren't leaking and the entire braking system is working effectively. 

Fluid Top Ups and HVAC Inspection

New windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid are an important components of vehicle performance and safety. Don't forget about the heating and cooling system (HVAC) either. Belt and fan checks and a full coolant supply will make sure that your car heats up and defrosts quickly. This is important when you start your vehicle on a frosty winter morning.

As the end of the year approaches, don't hesitate to set up an appointment with an auto repair shop, so your vehicle is ready when the weather changes.


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