Summer heat and freezing winters can lead to problems with your vehicle. What you might not realize is that fall conditions can place additional stress on your vehicle as well. It’s important to learn how to properly identify and prevent common car issues during fall.
During the summer, the intense heat causes damage to seals and gaskets. Without a proper seal, rainwater can easily seep into vehicles, affecting upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components. Water can cause connections to rust which damage chips and motherboards. This type of damage is extremely difficult to diagnose and can be expensive to fix. Typically, by the time the cause of electrical issues has been determined, significant damage has already occurred. It’s crucial to do all you can to prevent common car issues caused by water damage.
Inspect all seals on doors and windows, especially those that protect sensitive equipment. Replace anything that appears cracked or worn. This might cost you a little bit of money now, but it will save you on costly repairs in the future. This will also ensure that your vehicle does not experience issues on the road caused by electrical failure.
Windshield wipers are used a lot during the fall due to rain. Damaged wipers can limit visibility and cause scratches on your windshield. Wipers should be checked and replaced regularly, especially after summer. If your windshield wipers leave streaks on your windshield, they need to be replaced. Proper visibility while driving gives you less of a chance to wreck or hit anything that can further damage your vehicle.
Intense summer heat wears away your vehicle’s anti-rust coating. This leaves your vehicle vulnerable to rust caused by wet conditions in the fall. Rust could also indicate that water is getting into your vehicle. This should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage to your automobile. Check your vehicle for signs of rust early in the fall. Make sure to check under the wheel wells and areas where chipping paint is a problem. Rust is much easier to deal with when spotted early. Stopping the spread of rust now can prevent future problems.
It’s a good idea to inspect your car battery regularly for proper connections and corrosion. Cables and terminals should be snug and connections should be clean. If your car battery’s connections are dirty or corroded, you can use a wire brush to clean them. Just make sure you disconnect the battery first. If you’re planning on storing your vehicle throughout the winter, you might want to invest in a trickle charger to keep it charged.
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