Fall is Perfect for Car Maintenance

We’ve arrived at that time of year where there’s a brief lull between the warm summer months and the cold, sometimes brutal winter months. This lull is otherwise known as fall, and is a lovely reprieve for a short while. Fall is also the perfect time to get in front of the ball in terms of car maintenance. The last thing you want when navigating frigid winter temperatures is for your automobile to give out on you. So, to avoid such unpleasant situations, let’s take a look at a few of the things you can do for your car before winter settles in.

1.) Oil

This is one aspect you really need to keep on top of. Whether you prefer to change your oil every 3,000, 5,000, or 7,000 miles, just be sure to get it changed regularly. You’d be surprised the issues you can avoid by simply changing your car’s oil. If you fall into the “change every 7,000 miles” category, you might want to consider changing more often if you often make frequent short trips or find yourself in stop and go traffic a lot.

 

2.) Heater/Defroster

 

This is essential for any winter driving, so be certain make sure this works during the fall because it gives you ample time to remedy the problem. There have been more than a few junk cars in my past where the defrost did not work, and let me tell you those could be some questionable drives. Save yourself the stress in the cold and get it mended now.

 

3.) Windshield Wipers

 

Windshield wipers can see a lot of use throughout the spring and summer, so once fall rolls around it’s a good idea to change out the old blades. If you want to fight ice build-up come winter, then grab yourself some rubber-clad wipers. Always be sure to keep windshield washer fluid on hand, and never forget a trusty ice scraper.

 

4.) Tires

If the tires on your vehicle are pretty worn out, they won’t be of much use to you come winter time. Take a look at each of your tires for remaining tread life and uneven wearing. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sidewalls for nicks and cuts, either. It’s smart to always keep a good conditioned jack in the car in case of emergencies, as well as a spare tire. Also, it’s wise to check your tire pressure once a month.

 

These are a few simple things you can do for your car as the seasons transition from one extreme to the other. If auto glass if more your concern, then there’s no other choice than Wisconsin Windshield Centers. Get in touch and give us a call, or fill out an online contact form!

Tips to Prevent Needing Windshield Repair

Let’s face it, there are always going to be accidents and unfortunate scenarios to encounter when operating a motor vehicle. However, there are things within our power as drivers that we can keep at a minimum. Windshield repair is one of those things. There will always be rocks and road debris, but we can help mitigate the damage.

1.) Use Windshield Protectant

Windshield protectant can be rubbed onto your windshield to help strengthen it. This creates a layer over the windshield that will help absorb the impact of any road debris your windshield may come into contact with. However, this only applies to rocks and road debris on the smaller side, as no amount of protectant will help deflect large objects.

2.) Don’t Drive Close to Trucks

As we’ve all likely experienced, trucks like to spit up rocks and other road materials. This is often how a lot of us get our windshields damaged in the first place. Staying back, or avoiding driving behind trucks altogether, can greatly reduce the chance a truck will fling debris at your car.

3.) Never Dump Hot Water on Your Windshield

When you’re running late in the winter and your windshield is encased in ice, this tip can be a tough one to keep from entering your mind. After all, it makes sense, right? However, this is highly unadvised. Dousing your cold and icy windshield with hot water can cause the windshield glass to expand and contract, which will result in a crack. The better option is to use luke warm water to help melt the ice away. It will certainly be a longer process, but your windshield will remain undamaged in doing so.

These three tips do not encompass all things you can do the mitigate windshield repair. However, they are three important tips all drivers should keep in mind. Keeping these points in mind, while also remaining vigilant both on and off the road, will help keep your windshield fully intact for longer periods of time.

Keep your Side Mirrors from Getting Damaged

Most drivers will get in at least one or two unlucky or silly accidents in their lifetime. One of the worst of these is breaking your side mirrors.

There are a few situations in which you might break one of your side mirrors. One of the most common situations that can increase the likeliness of breaking your side mirrors is parking in a congested urban area. Narrow city streets offer the opportunity for drivers to smash your side windows. If you’re parking on a narrow city street, fold your side windows into your car for safe measure.

Some car washes require you to close your side windows. Usually this happens at older facilities, but it is worth folding them in just in case. Some attendants may forget to tell you to close your windows, so close them in just in case.

Some of us take pride in our parking abilities. Where others see a spot too tight, you see a challenge. But this is one of the situations where you can easily damage your side mirrors. Trying to squeeze into a tight parking spot is a great opportunity to break your mirrors.

One other less destructive way to damage your side mirrors is overusing your power windows. Tilting the side mirror around too much can cause the electronics to burn out. Letting your kids play with your side mirrors is a good way to kill the electronics powering the mirrors.