It's nearly fall in New England, which means beautiful scenery, fresh picked apples, and shorter days. It also means cold, wet weather that can make getting around a chore. Fall weather doesn't have to mean car trouble though, and a little seasonal maintenance will keep you driving with confidence.
Pack your ice scraper. Once it starts frosting up in the morning, you'll definitely want to have it handy. Plus, we've all experienced unexpected New England snow and ice storms in October, and you can never be too sure that a dash of winter weather won't roll in. It's better to be safe than sorry, so toss your ice scraper and snow brush in the car now so you won't be caught off guard.
Have your engine coolant checked and replaced as necessary. Your engine coolant is also what provides heat inside the car. If you're noticing it takes a little longer for the interior to warm up, you may have a coolant problem. Getting it tested is quick and easy too, so there's no reason to be left in the cold.
Check your battery. Cold temperatures can be a real drain on your vehicle's battery, which could leave you stranded in the parking lot. Make sure the battery terminals are clean and free of corrosion, and get your battery tested if you're at all unsure about its condition.
Replace burnt out light bulbs. Shorter days means much more driving in the dark, so you'll have your lights on more and more as the season gets closer to winter. Check your car for any burnt out bulbs, whether they're turn indicators, brake lights, or, most importantly, headlights! Replacing these is affordable and easy, and can save you from getting pulled over or having an accident.
Check your tires. Roads that are covered with wet leaves or even water can be a hazard if your tires aren't in good condition. Throw in some freak New England snow and ice storms that seem to hit us every year and you definitely want to make sure your tires are ready! Check to make sure your tires have plenty of tread and are adequately inflated. Most vehicles have the recommended tire pressures printed on the door jamb of the driver's side door.
Replace your windshield wipers. Don't you hate it when your wipers streak and you can barely see out the front? All the maintenance in the world won't mean a thing if you can't see out the windshield! Check your wipers for wear and tear as well as streaking in the rain and have them replaced as necessary. There's nothing worse than being caught in a rain or snow storm without the ability to see where you're going.
A lot of these tips can be done right at home in your garage or driveway, but if you're unsure, you can always call our Greater Boston Toyota service center. We'll give your vehicle a thorough inspection and make sure you're ready for anything!