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Read these 11 important steps to ready your car for the changing season!


Fall auto care is essential to ensure safety and reliability as the seasons change and holiday travel is quickly approaching.

Tire Maintenance: As temperatures drop, your tires can lose pressure. You may even see your TPMS light come on! Check your tire pressure regularly and ensure they are properly inflated. Consider switching to winter tires if you need reliable and safe travel in our area with its cold, and snowy winters.

Brake Inspection: Have your brakes inspected to make sure they are in good working condition. Fall weather often brings wet and slippery road conditions, so reliable brakes are crucial. Remember to watch for leaves building up on roads - they’re super slippery! Stopping distances will increase, so drive carefully.

Battery Check: Cold weather can put additional strain on your car battery. Have the battery tested to ensure it can handle the colder temperatures. If it's old or weak, consider replacing it.

Fluids and Oil: Check your engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels. Ensure they are at the appropriate levels.

Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid: Replace worn wiper blades and refill your windshield washer fluid with a winter-specific mixture that won't freeze in our cold temperatures.

Heating and Defrost Systems: Make sure your heating and defrost systems are working properly. It's crucial for maintaining visibility and staying warm.

Lighting: Check all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals. With shorter days, good lighting is essential for safety. Headlights can become cloudy over time and there are simple ways to correct that if they have not gone too far. You’ll be amazed at the difference in visibility!

Check for Leaks: Inspect your vehicle for any fluid leaks.

Emergency Kit: Include items like a flashlight, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first-aid kit in case you get stuck in bad weather.

Cleaning and Waxing: A good waxing of your vehicle's exterior can protect the paint from harsh elements in the fall and winter.

Check the Exhaust System: Make sure there are no leaks or damage to the exhaust system. Remember to always keep your tailpipe free of obstructions like piles of snow to prevent dangerous, life-threatening conditions inside your vehicle.

Regular maintenance and preparation for the fall/winter season can help you avoid breakdowns and stay safe on the road. If you're not confident in performing these checks yourself, you can bring your vehicle to I-86 Truck & Auto Service. We have a comprehensive I-86 Vehicle Health Check-up, and you’ll receive a digital report with notes, photos and videos. Conveniently located less than a mile from I-86 Exit 13 behind the John Deere dealer.

Ronda Whitford, Owner

I-86 Truck & Auto Service LLC

1739 Lindquist Drive

Falconer NY 14733