6 Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Fall

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The Tire Tread “Penny Trick”

Low tire tread creates low traction while navigating turns and in hazardous weather conditions. The penny trick is a simple way to make sure your tires have a proper tread for safe driving. Place a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s head facing down into the grooves of your tires. If Abe’s entire head is still visible, then you definitely need to replace your tires.

In the event you need to replace your tires, retread tires are a good option to consider. Retread tires are environmentally conscious, durable and less expensive than brand new tires.

Check Your Tire Pressure

We recommend checking your tires at least once a month.

Check the tire pressure to make sure your tires are properly inflated. PSIi recommendations vary vehicle to vehicle, but generally fall between 32-36 psi for standard vehicles and upwards of 70 psi for semi trucks. Typically your tires will have a psi recommendation on them. So check your tires for the proper pressure to prevent an unnecessary flat tire. You can also check your vehicle’s user manual for specific recommendations.


Get Your Oil Changed

An oil change is typically needed every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

To be safe, we recommend checking the oil once a month. You can do this when you check your tire pressure. To do so, lift the hood of your vehicle, remove the dipstick from the oil pan, wipe the dipstick clean with a paper towel/rag, reinsert the dipstick into the oil pan, and then pull it out. The dipstick has two notches marking the range for a healthy oil level. If the dipstick shows oil in that range, you are good to go. If the oil is below that range, you need an oil change.

Replace Your Vehicle Air Filter

Generally, air filters need to be replaced every 12,000 miles.

Inspect your air filter just like you would the air filter to your AC units in your home. If the filter has excessive dirt throughout, you should replace the air filter. In older vehicles doing so could give your gas mileage a boost, while in cars made in the last few decades it can help increase your acceleration.


Check the Coolant and Radiator

General rule of thumb is that coolant should be replaced every two years.

While checking the coolant and radiator are probably more important before the summer starts, we also recommend checking these two things after the summer.

The summer months are by far the hardest months on your car’s cooling system. So checking to make sure everything is functioning properly after a hot summer will make sure your car does not overheat in the following months.

Additionally, check the ground underneath your car when it has been sitting at rest for a few hours. If you see a small puddle of coolant under the car, then you likely have a coolant leak and need to get it checked out.

Clean Your Car Battery

Over time, your car battery will corrode around the terminals you use to jump the car. Check your battery regularly to be sure corrosion isn’t building up on the battery. Several shops sell battery cleaning kits. So if you see a white crust around the terminals of your battery, pick up one of those kits at a local auto store and clean your battery.

These six car maintenance checks will get you well on your way to giving your car a post summer tune up. In addition to these tips, consult your car’s manual for guidance on further maintenance. If you are ready to replace your tires, contact Tire Recappers today for reliable, eco-friendly and cost-effective retread tire solutions.

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