Is it getting dark outside earlier and earlier every day? Are you starting to feel a little chill in the early morning? Sadly the summer must be coming to an end. Now that vacations are over and your kids are back at school, it is the ideal time to prepare your vehicle for cooler weather ahead. Dulles Kia has made the following list to help you.
Here are the areas you need to inspect to ensure your car is ready:
Oil Changes and Quality
The high temperatures, increased amount of drivers on the road, and even the quality of summer gasoline can cause engine oil to expire at a much quicker rate. This is why the end of summer is a critical time for an oil change. It also gives you a chance to visually inspect your vehicle’s oil quality. Most cars require a different type of oil in the winter as compared to the other months, and even though the end of the summer is a good time for an oil change, don’t switch the type of oil just yet. The harsh cold that requires a different type of oil is still a couple months away.
Windshield wiper blades never last as long as we wish they would, usually from the wear of season and weather changes. Look for cracks in the blades and check for a tacky feeling. And of course the best way to tell is if they just aren’t cleaning your windshield as well as they used to.
You should constantly check your tires for uneven or worn down treads, but inspection between seasons is especially important. Summer heat can corrode and wear down your tires which can be very dangerous on slick winter roads. The sun even causes your tires to lose air pressure, creating even more driving hazards. Proper tire pressure gives you the best fuel economy, keeps your car stable, and is crucial for keeping traction on the road.
Like the other parts of your car, the summer heat and increased driving can cause damage to your fuel system as well. Gas quality usually declines during the summer months since more people are driving and doing it more often, which increases demand for fuel. And using this poor quality gas for months on end definitely takes a toll on your fuel systems. It is advisable to get a complete fuel system flush from a mechanic they trust. But if that isn’t possible, you should at least add cleaning additives and detergents to your fuel tank.
Conducting detailed inspections can prevent problems while driving during the colder months, so please make sure they are done properly.
Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Dulles Kia . Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can.