Fall Car Maintenance

car maintenance

Always check your car’s battery

With the hustle of the start of the school year, most people’s schedules are about to get a lot busier. But, as always, it’s important to remember to take care of your car in the midst of it all. Use these car maintenance tips from Lewis Nissan to get you and your car ready for the fall season.

Tires

The condition of your tires is largely responsible for how efficiently your car is performing as well as for how safely it can drive in inclement weather. That being said, the beginning of fall is a good time to give your tires a closer look before the cold weather rolls in. Check to see that the tread isn’t too worn and that there are no visible signs of wear, like bumps or cracks. If you really want to play it safe, bring your car in to have a professional take a look and give your tires a rotation.

Wipers

Fall tends to bring a lot of rain along with it, as well as fog, frost, and even snow. Be ready for the weather by replacing your wiper blades. It’s easy, inexpensive to do, and will make a huge difference when it comes to visibility.

Battery

An old battery can sometimes work fine in mild weather, but once it starts to get cold it may have trouble starting. Get your battery checked now so that you can replace it if it’s time. Otherwise, you may be stuck needing a jump unexpectedly.

Don’t’ forget to check out our other seasonal car maintenance tips and visit our DIY tips for year-round services!

How to Replace a Headlight

As part of your pre-winter maintenance, you should check to make sure all your car’s lights are working properly. With night falling so much earlier and vision hazards like snow, rain, and fog a serious concern in the upcoming months, having working lights is more important than ever. Here’s a quick guide on how to replace a headlight if one of yours is out.

Replace a Headlight - HeadlightIf you have a newer vehicle, changing the headlight is easy. Pop the hood and find the back of the headlight inside the engine compartment. There are multiple bulbs, so you have to figure out which one needs replaced before you can buy a new bulb.

Once you figure out which one needs replaced, check your owner’s manual for the right kind or ask someone at a parts shop, and they’ll help you find the right one. The owner’s manual will also tell you what kind of tools to use to replace the headlight, so get these as well if you don’t already have them.

Your manual should have directions from here for your specific vehicle, but there are general directions you can follow. First, you have to remove the plastic catch or metal clip holding the wiring in place. Remove the old bulb by pulling it out from the base, then secure the wiring back into place and put in the new bulb.

If you need more help, DMV.org has a great guide on replacing a bulb in older cars!