As a responsible car owner, you understand the importance of regular maintenance. And when switching from a warm season to a cold one, this is an extremely important point. Autumn is no exception because it is the rainy season and high humidity.
It is important to help the machine adapt to seasonal changes. We will talk about why this is important and how to prepare your car for the rainy season in this article.
With the onset of cold weather, it is important to pay attention even to minor faults. After all, low temperatures and high humidity create stress not only to the human body but also to the mechanisms. The likelihood of breakdowns increases several times.
Agree that standing on the road with a malfunctioning cold car in the rain is not only unpleasant but also life-threatening. Especially when there is no one to ask for help.
To get started, make sure that the vehicle is undergoing routine maintenance (changing oil, brake pads, timing belt, etc.). If the oil is dirty or has expired, it must be replaced. Also, check the air filter to make sure that it is clean enough and that it functions normally. To do this, bring it to the light. If the gaps are not visible, then it’s time to replace it.
Take a look under the hood. A trivial inspection will help to detect signs of wear or parts that require replacement. Look for leaks, cracks, check the inside of the drive belts. If you notice noise in the engine, consult a mechanic to inspect the engine and begin necessary repairs.
Check the level of technical fluids (transmission oil, brake fluid, antifreeze quality). Make sure that they all exceed the required minimum, and top up if necessary.
You know how vital brakes are needed at any time of the year, but especially in the cold rainy season, when the braking distance increases. Replace rotors and brake pads if necessary to ensure your safety on the road.
In addition to the obvious points, there are several more points that are important for preparing the car for the season change.
Inspect tires for defects and wear. On wet roads, maneuverability deteriorates and the braking distance increases. If “bald” tires are added here, the likelihood of an accident will increase significantly. Experts argue that if tires have a high degree of abrasion or are older than 5 years, they must be replaced.
If the wheels are in good condition, make sure they are properly inflated. The amount of pressure will affect traction and handling. Remember that in the cold season, tires lose air faster. Check the parameter at least once a month and pump up the tires to the desired level. It is possible to do this at a tire fitting, or on your own using an auto compressor. Do not forget about the reserve.
Pay attention to the drives. If they are cast or stamped and there are scratches and chips on the surface – paint them with varnish in colour. In winter, you definitely won’t want to do this, and under the influence of salt, “light” alloys quickly become rusty.